Daytona 500 This Week // Best and Worst Paint Schemes

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It’s the Daytona 500 baby! Time to let it shine! It’s like the first dance of the year. Your bring out your new suit, shine those shoes all pretty and let everyone know – you are here, and you mean business. It’s the 500, which means only one Hendrick car can win. So if you can’t win, you might as well look good!

Either way, once again – we pick our favorite drivers like girls pick which team is going to win the NCAA tournament. Jersey colors. But because these guys and Danica don’t really wear jerseys, we pick em by their cars. And we get pretty amped up when the paint schemes come out. Because I like NASCAR. And I like Design. So when the two come together.. “Oh word?”

THE BEST(?) OF THE BEST

 

original-3Justin Marks will drive the No. 29 American Born Moonshine Toyota.

This bad boy won’t catch your eye as it slides around the track at 200mph on Sunday. But once it hits the wall, gets up on the hauler and taken back to the garage – once that happens and you get a nice good look at it. You’ll know why  it’s the best. For starters, there weren’t a lot great cars to pick from. It’s kind of like picking the best show on NBC, hard to do. But it gets that top spot for me for one simple word on the side, “Moonshine”.

This car is the connection between the 2015 technology soaked NASCAR that is today back to the old school. Back to the roots of NASCAR. If you have a minute, read this great article on the lore that birthed NASCAR.

If you only have a second, I’ll tell you right now – NASCAR started by those good ol’ boys bootlegging that sweet, sweet nectar of the south called moonshine, running from the law, driving it like they stole it.

Enough of a reason for me to give it the best dressed award for this weekend at Daytona.

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AJ Allmendinger will drive the No. 47 Kroger/USO Chevrolet.

America. Honoring Our Heroes. Take note teams/drivers/designers of NASCAR paint schemes. It doesn’t take much to please this broadcaster – America.

There’s an awful lack of creativity this weekend for the first race of 2015, but if you ask any great designer what to do when you are struggling for a spark of creativity – throw an American flag on that piece!

AJ and team, you are the “Community” of the NBC lineup, coming in second to “Parks and Recreation” but only because you were going up against a bunch of shows like “The Michael J. Fox Show”.

At least nothing bad ever happened to “Community”.

 

THE BEST OF THE WORST

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David Ragan will drive the No. 34 Kentucky Fried Chicken Ford.

How is the Colonel’s huge face not on here?! KFC, you’ve got to have some creativity here. You have assed an American flag, which would have easily won you the week as we all know my love for America and should know about my love for KFC’s Loaded Potato Bowl.

I know I can’t see the hood of this car, but if there isn’t at least a drumstick on there, you are setting your selves up for a long year of scrutiny and have lost one young, cheap, chicken loving customer.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Greg Biffle will drive the No. 16 Ortho Ford.

Biff. To be honest with you (not quoting Charles Barkley here) – I had a hard time deciphering if you should be the best, or the worst painted car of the weekend. There’s a lack of American spirit which left you off the best list, but you put in about 110% more effort than the KFC car so you can’t be the worst.

I like the effort. I love the effort. I am not scared of bugs but may be after Sunday. You’ve set back the woman demographic NASCAR as longed to gain but if I ever see a 200lb tarantula in my apartment I will know who to call – after the Ghostbusters.

BUG B GON!

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“Quote, UnQuote” // NASCAR Power Rankings No. 1

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The first week in the 2014 NASCAR season is in the books. Mr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won The Great American Race and is poised to win it all this year. Right? That’s how that works isn’t it? Well he isn’t really guaranteed a Championship, but he does have a spot in the Chase, so that’s a good start. And although the super speedways are every man and woman’s race, we still have to come up with a power rankings. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT AMERICA DOES. And because we like to go against the grain, and love movies – we thought we’d combine the two.

This week – quotes from some of the greatest comedies of all-time, in honor of Harold Ramis.

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — Groundhog Day

Phil: I’m a god.

Rita: You’re God?

Phil: I’m a god. I’m not the God… I don’t think.

2. Denny Hamlin — Groundhog Day

Phil: I’m betting he’s going to swerve first.

3. Jimmie Johnson — Ghostbusters

Dr Ray Stantz: I think we’d better split up.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Good idea.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Yeah… we can do more damage that way.

4. Kevin Harvick — Animal HouseAnimal-House_a3933c4a_0

D-Day: We have an old saying in Delta House: don’t get mad, get even.

5. Kyle Busch — Caddyshack

Richard Richards: Better come in till this blows over.

Bishop: What do you think, fella?

Carl Spackler: I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite awhile.

Bishop: You’re right. Anyway, the Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life.

6. Brad Keselowski — Groundhog Daygroundhog-day-driving

Phil: It’s the same thing your whole life: “Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don’t mix beer and wine, ever.” Oh yeah: “Don’t drive on the railroad track.”

7. Jeff Gordon — Caddyshack

Ty Webb: I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.

8. Matt Kenseth — Caddyshack

Dr. Beeper: I thought you’d be the man to beat this year.

Ty Webb: I guess you’ll just have to keep beating yourself.

9. Kurt Busch — Ghostbusters

Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m gonna take back some of the things I said about you, Egon.

10. Paul Menard — CaddyshackMurray-Caddy-Shack-groundhog

Carl Spackler: Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

Honorable Mention

Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer — Animal House

Flounder: I can’t believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer.

Boon: Face it, Kent. You threw up “on” Dean Wormer.

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EDUCATE News // Dale Jr. Wins The Daytona 500 #NASCAR (2-25-14)

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Dale Earnhardt Junior wins the 2014 Daytona 500. But not after Jimmie Johnson did, again – according to one news outlet. EDUCATE News breaks down The Great American race from Kyle Busch’s airgun penalty, Delana Harvick’s tweet, Tony Stewart’s Engine problems and a possible conspiracy theory in NASCAR!

“It’s like if the #406 met SNL.” – Said no one ever.

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A Fake Interview with the REAL Daytona 500 Winner // Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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ME: You won the Daytona 500..

JR: We did.

ME: Are you heading to Disney World?

JR: Naw I don’t think that’s how it works. I think that’s just for the Super Bowl. I’ll probably head back home for a day, hang out with a few friends and it’s on to the next one.

ME: No offense, but you don’t win many races. But you come out here and win the first one of the year? And it’s the Daytona 500? What’s up with that?

DaleJrWinJR: Yeah I guess it’s been a while huh? I love racing here. You know last year me and Steve really starting clicking, and we finished the year strong and we kind of just picked up where we left off. We had a great National Guard car tonight, Steve made some great moves, I had some help from the other Hendrick guys in Jimmie and Jeff up front and we, you know we were feeling pretty good about our chances and we were in the right place at the right time to win it.

ME: Yeah but you weren’t just in the right place at the right time, you kind of dominated all night..

JR: It’s really hard to dominate in this sport. You need a lot of luck. It was a good day that’s for sure.

ME: What do you say to Steve Letarte your Crew Chief when he tells you that you have what appears to be a garbage bag on your grille with 3 laps to go?

JR: I wasn’t too worried, but I was really trying hard not to wreck the Pace Car. You know a few years ago we had a Jet Dryer explode we didn’t need another delay with me spinning out the Pace Car with 3 laps to go. But we really weren’t to worried. I tried to get it off, but it obviously worked out you know.

ME: So you’ve got a spot in the chase. What are the chances you head on down to Cabo for a few months, hang out, get some R&R and come back in November to win it all?

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ME: What was it like seeing the #3 car out there, for at least most of the race?

JR: You know I didn’t really pay much attention to it. It was neat seeing the #3 out there again but I’ve got a few other things on my plate during the race than to be out there worried about what else is going on.

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ME: Is Jimmie Johnson kind of a jerk?

JR:  Jimmie is the best. He’s one of the nicest guys in the garage. We had a pretty fun time goofing with each other this week so that’s always fun.

ME: What’d he say to you when he came up to congratulate you after the race?

JR: He just congratulated me, and said awesome job and that I deserved it.

ME: I saw you said something back, you didn’t just rub it in his face just this once?

JR: (laughs) No I probably should of though right? Jimmie has a few of these trophies, and a few of the other ones that we are trying to get so I’ll just kind of let Jimmie go about until I get a few more wins under my belt.

ME: When you lose. We can tell it really bums you out. You can see it on your face. But you won last night, we could tell you were genuinely pumped up about it. Where’d that come from?

JR: Yeah I think the reason is just because I know you can’t take these things for granted. I beat myself up a lot and I hate letting my team down. My guys, especially Steve. We’ve got an amazing team, and crew and I just want to win for these guys. It’s not fun knowing you have the best car out there or running well but things just happen and you can’t perform. It’s a lot of fun to win and you’ve just got to celebrate all of those like it might be your last.

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Race for the Chase: Kyle Busch // 4 Days ’til Daytona

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Kyle Busch — #18

  • Team: Joe Gibbs Racing / Toyota
  • Wins In 2013: 4
  • Last Year Chase Result: 4th
  • Kyle’s 2013 In A Nutshell: Caddyshack (1980)

Carl Spackler: So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

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I’m not really sure what that quote has to do with Kyle’s last season. But it’s a great quote. Maybe one of my all-time favorite scenes in a movie. Oh. Kyle’s number is 18 and the Lama is talking about the 18th hole. Synchronicity. Oh maybe the Lama is Joe Gibbs, and Kyle, like Carl, is just asking for something, you know, for the effort? Eh. Oh so basically when the Lama tells Bill Murray that there will be no money (Championships), but when he dies (retires) he will receive total consciousness (relief knowing that he is/was one of the better most exciting drivers of his era). Nailed it.

Why Kyle Busch will win the chase in 2014:

Kyle Busch is due. Would you believe that Kyle has been around for almost 10 years now and hasn’t once finished a year ranking higher than 4th? Like I said, he is due. With 28 career Sprint Cup victories, 24 of those have come in the last 6 years. He had his best year ever last year with 4 wins, 16 top fives and 22 top tens. He is due. He is on the right track path. The reason Busch the younger will win this year is due to the fact that he (hopefully) has finally gotten his attitude in check. He’s really come a long way in the past few years, I mean between both him and his brother, you could have one hell of an anger management class. I think Kurt has settled down. And I think little brother Kyle sees that. And knows that he can’t be the wild boy, bully, loose cannon, reckless driver of the past and win a Championship. It just doesn’t happen unless your name is Dale Earnhardt. And it’s not. I’ve said it before, and maybe about a few other drivers, but Kyle included – he may be the most talented drivers on the track. The amount of times this guy saves the car from going into the wall, or Kevin Harvick or just getting loose and spinning out is amazing. He can drive the hell out of the car. And if he decides to keep it under control. He is going to get himself that long overdue Championship and we are going to see a hell of a lot of crazy good donuts in Miami.

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Race for the Chase: Denny Hamlin // 16 Days ’til Daytona

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Denny Hamlin — #11

  • Team: Joe Gibbs Racing / Toyota
  • Wins In 2013: 1
  • Last Year Chase Result: N/A* — Injured halfway through season.
  • Denny’s 2013 In A Nutshell: Remember the Titans (2000)

Coach Yoast: I think this is a very good time for prayer and reflection…

Gary Bertier: Coach, I’m hurt. I’m not dead.

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Denny races for Coach Joe Gibbs, which you could make the argument for is the best team in NASCAR. Yes, Hendricks Motorsports has 6-Time, but between Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin – all in Toyotas, they make for a pretty dominant squad. Denny’s problem is he is the 3rd wheel. How do you think Jeff Gordon feels Denny? You probably aren’t getting as much love from the Coach as you’d like eh? Denny’s time may have come and gone at Gibbs. He had his chance a few years ago, and after that tough injury last year he never really found his stride again. Could be another long frustrating year for the #11 FedEx.

Why Denny Hamlin will win the chase in 2014:

Like Gary Bertier told Coach Yoast, “Coach, I’m hurt. I’m not dead.” This has to be what Denny Hamlin was telling Coach Gibbs all offseason. And he’s right. Last year he was just hurt. A tough lick like he took would sideline even the toughest SOB’s in the sport. But Denny is still hungry. And he knows that he’s sitting 3rd on Team Gibbs. And he knows most people forgot that back in 2010 he finished 2nd in the Chase to Jimmie with 8 wins. Freaking 8 wins. Denny is and can be dominant. And just when you forget about him, there he is to grab a win. There’s not as many on the schedule as he’d like, but don’t be surprise if Denny grabs just about every win at those half mile tracks this year. The #11 is looking to return to glory, and you know this year he is going to be hungrier than ever.

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