Matt’s 2013 In A Nutshell: The Replacements (2000)
Jimmy McGinty: You know what separates the winners from the losers?
Shane Falco: The score?
Jimmy McGinty:No, getting back on the horse after getting kicked in the teeth.
Why Matt Kenseth will not win the chase in 2014:
That pit stop in Phoenix was a kick to the teeth. Matt won 7 races last year. That’s one more than your 2013 Champion and 6-time Chase winner Jimmie Johnson had last year. Wait what? I looked around for this quote for a while, I swear it was in a movie. If not, it should have been. But when Matt was on. He was really on. And when he wasn’t on. He really sucked.
BONUS QUOTE!!!: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Ricky Bobby: If you ain’t first, you’re last.
Matt. You weren’t suppose to take Ricky seriously. That was a comedy movie! Basically Matt’s year looked like a really bad stock. Up and down up and down up and down up and down. That’s how stocks work right? Not sure. In 2013 if Matt wasn’t first. He was last. What happened to being consistent Matt?
Why Matt Kenseth will win the chase in 2014:
I believe that like Shane Falco, Matt Kenseth will be able to get back on the horse after a what almost felt like a very dominating regular season in 2013. Did you catch those duels last night? Joe Gibbs racing is looking pretty damn sharp heading into this season. They’ve always looked sharp. And Matt Kenseth has been virtually unstoppable since he’s arrived. The best part about Matt? You don’t hear from him much. He’s not going to get in a Twitter war or do a backflip off his car after a win or probably not punch a driver after the race. Don’t test him though. He goes out there and gets it done. That’s the reason why you knew about all his dominant wins last year, and may not of heard from him when he finished in 30th position. Which he did last year. A few times. 3 to be exact. And one 40th place finish. With a few handfuls of 20th or higher place finishes. Ouch. I mean that’s the reason why the guy didn’t win the whole shebang in 2013! Of course, accidents happen. Blown engines happen. Unfortunately, bad pit stops happen. But don’t expect to see much of that this year. There will be no more incidents in the pits like in Phoenix last year. You better believe those guys have been absolutely working harder and training harder than ever to get this guy that Chase trophy that NASCAR tried to make sure he wouldn’t get back after they changed the Chase rules, one of the first times, after his run in 2003. You know Matt is going to continue to win like he did last year. Shoot look at that Duel just last night. With more top 10’s and fewer mishaps putting him towards the back of the pack. How in the hell won’t this guy win in 2014?
Kevin’s 2013 In A Nutshell: The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.
Why Kevin Harvick will not win the chase in 2014:
New team. New crew chief. No longer the top dog on his team. New crew chief. One of his best friend is his boss. Short temper. That about sums it up.
Why Kevin Harvick will win the chase in 2014:
Like Lou – no Kevin doesn’t have an extremely rare disease that will soon be named after him. Like Lou, Kevin will be considering himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth when he rolls off the line at Daytona. Why’s that? He’s no longer at RCR. He’s racing for his good pal Tony Stewart. I don’t think Kevin has any hatred towards Richard Childress, but it was pretty obviously that things weren’t working out there. Don’t get me wrong, things on the track were working out great. Kevin has finished 3rd in the Chase 3 times in the past 4 years. He had times was the best driver on the track. And at other times one of the biggest hot heads on the track. So things we working out at RCR for Kevin, but also were extremely irritating as seen by that awkward end of the year lecture he gave the bosses grand children. Now things are starting out fresh. And you know what? I think everyone, even in the Stewart Haas garage – are scared shitless. Harv is one of a few drivers who found a new home in 2014, but like most drivers, he wasn’t in the need of a new ride. A better team. A better crew chief. But he got one. He got all of the above. And who the hell knows what is going to happen! This is as good of a year as any for Happy to win it all. He’s been close in the past. In the very recent past. Now that he will indeed finally be Happy, the possibilities are endless the #29 — er, the #4 car. It’s going to take me a while to get use to seeing that. And now I have to buy a new hat. Damnit. Least he’s still got the Budweiser ride! And isn’t it going to look so pretty in Miami with that Chase trophy on top of it?
Harry Hogge: He didn’t slam into you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you. He rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin’.
Why Tony Stewart will not win the Chase in 2014:
Well the start to his season didn’t go as planned. After a year off due to a new Rascal sponsor.. Err – I mean a broken leg in Iowa. Sorry. Tony didn’t come out of the gates quite as he expected. That can’t feel good after missing the 2nd half of the season last year. Sitting around wishing, waiting, excited to get out back on the track and then going out and blowing a damn engine. And on top of that. Smoke is an owner. Not just the driver. When you are the driver, you probably don’t worry as much about a blown engine. But when you’re the owner. I’m sure you have a few phone calls to make right? I mean shoot. And it’s not like Smoke is the owner of just any team. He is the owner of what could be either most exciting team in all of NASCAR, or the most destructive team. That’s a lot of pressure Smoke. And the doctor’s don’t want you putting quite that much pressure on that leg just yet. (See what I did there?)
Why Tony Stewart will win the Chase in 2014:
Smoke said it himself. Blowing an the day of a race is one thing. But blowing your engine a week before during qualifying? Why would he worry about that? It’s a pretty good point. The main reason you absolutely have to include Smoke into the list of odds on favorites to win it all in 2014 – he is has to be one of the most competitive drivers in the sport. There’s no way he took kindly to watching the year go on without him, watching other drivers jump in his #14 Bass Pro Chevrolet and fail to even sniff a checkered flag. Smoke is going to come out like a bat out of hell, faster and more hungry than ever. Like Robert Duvall told Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder, “rubbin’, son, is racin’.” And who knows that better than Smoke? The main reason I believe Smoke is going to take it home this year is the fact that he is indeed the owner of his race team. His very talented race team. He cant be the hot head of past. Yes it won’t be as fun. But Smoke is not getting any younger, and the fact of the matter is – the crash in Iowa last year had to remind him that at any moment his career could be over. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it will slow him down at all. It won’t Ricky Bobby scare him at all to get back in the car. And it sure won’t intimidate him when he’s chasing down Jimmie, or Kevin, or Kyle – whomever for the win. Uncle Tony has 3 championships under his belt. It sure would make him happy to catch up to Jeff Gordon. And you better believe he is sick and tired of hearing about ol’ 6 time. Bump. Nudge. Rub. Slam. Whatever it is, I’d had one eye on the road and the other in the rearview mirror looking for this guy once the green flag drops in Daytona.
Tony Montana: You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.”
Why Martin Truex Jr. will not win the chase in 2014:
Race #26. That’s where the wheels began to come off. After the race, the NAPA racing team was celebrating. Then two days later news broke that they were booted from the Chase. And just like that it was never the same. Truex can’t even say he was the best to not make the Chase, finishing 16th. Then, after the season, NAPA pulled their sponsorship and Truex bolted for the Furniture Row Racing team, formally manned by Kurt Busch. While Busch did make the Chase last year, Truex is not the same driver and as seen by the end of last year, he’s in a tailspin that will not be ending anytime soon.
Why Martin Truex Jr. will win the chase in 2014:
Truex has something to prove. If you follow NASCAR as much as we do, then you surely already know that his teammate spun out in order to get him into the field last year. It seemed to work out just fine too… that is until NASCAR booted Truex from the Chase. This year will be different though. Truex is back with a vengeance. He wants to show everyone he can contend with the top dogs; the best of the best. After a disappointing end to what would have been his second straight Chase appearance, Truex will be there this year and will be looking to make a statement.