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Part 2 of If I Ran NASCAR…

In the first part of my series, I talked about the changes NASCAR needs to make, at least schedule, field, and qualifying wise.

Next, I’d like to dive deeper into topics such as criticism, the lower series, and rule changes.

Cup Guys In The Lower Series

I’ve pretty much beat this topic to death over and over again in previous posts, but it bears repeating. Get the Cup guys out of the lower series. Limiting them (at least the ones with more than five years of experience) to no more than ten races has not helped at all so far. Only two Xfinity regulars (Ryan Reed at Daytona and Justin Allgaier at Phoenix) have won races. Even though the Cup guys can’t run in Xfinity playoff races, they can still run the majority of the schedule.

Team Penske is only running their 22 car in nine races. Even if they’re not running for a driver or owner’s championship, if I’m a team owner, I would give some additional races to Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and any K&N series driver looking to get their feet wet in the Xfinity Series.

If I’m the CGR owner, and I see that Kyle Larson is the points leader, I’m pulling him out of that seat and running Tyler Reddick the rest of the season, so Reddick can gain experience and Larson can focus on the Cup championship.

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In this scenario, everyone wins. Larson gets a chance to run for the title, and Reddick gets close to a full year under his belt.

Furthermore, I would limit the number of races Cup guys can run in lower series to no more than five races with more than three years of experience. And this rule will be strictly enforced in order to give the series its own identity.

Criticism and Rule Changes

A lot of NASCAR drivers, and some media hardly, if ever, criticize the sport of NASCAR. It’s as if the sport is run with an iron fist. Ever notice that some of the changes NASCAR makes, there’s very little, if any objection to it, lest there be “double-secret probation”?

If I ran NASCAR, I would listen to fans and drivers when it comes to rule changes, points format, etc. The core base, even though it’s getting smaller, helped make the sport what it is, and should have more of a say in how the sport works. I don’t feel as if the Fan Council is really helping at all.

And if the drivers don’t like a certain change or certain rules, there should be room in the NASCAR rule book (that has never been made public) for change. Rule changes should have room to be repealed over the course of the season and not simply thrown on everyone at short notice.

Part three, which will be up either Friday or Saturday, will go into what to do in the event of driver confrontations, increasing the ratings, how the sport is broadcast, and how to sustain good momentum.

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If I Ran NASCAR…

During the first quarter of the season, I noticed that there have been a lot of complaints about how NASCAR has been going downhill, with the implementations of the caution clock, the stage breaks, retirements of superstars such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., to name a few. Here is part one of what would change if I was to become a NASCAR CEO. If you have any other ideas that I may have missed, please don’t hesitate to share them.

The Schedule

Changing the schedule would be one of the first things that I do. To be honest, 36 races is far too many in a season. I would decrease the number of races to 31. I would also cut one race from several tracks (Las Vegas, Kansas, Texas, Phoenix, New Hampshire). None of those tracks really needed two dates in the first place.

I would move Las Vegas to after Daytona, place Chicago back in its post-Coke Zero 400 slot, Keep one New Hampshire date in September. (Weather is cooler in the fall as opposed to the summer), and make Phoenix, Atlanta, and Homestead the final three races of the season for the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series. This makes sense, because Atlanta being near the end is a nod to the old days, and the weather in early November is better than late February (unless someone from Georgia tells me otherwise).

 

I would drop one Texas race, one Phoenix race, Indianapolis, and Pocono and move the New Hampshire date to Mother’s day weekend. There is no reason for the Xfinity series to race at the Brickyard or Pocono. New Hampshire going back to Mother’s Day (preferably a Saturday) would be the first step in giving the Xfinity Series its own identity again.

For the Camping World Truck series I would cut the fall Texas race and the Pocono race. The Trucks season would have 21 races in a season, with Texas, Kansas, Las Vegas, and Mosport being standalone events.

Depending on the quality of the racing product, the less races there are in a season, along with cutting the prices of tickets, I feel that more fans would be motivated to come to the track for race weekend.

Stage Racing

I would also outlaw stage racing. That is reserved for rally cars, not stock cars.

NASCAR does not need breaks like other sports. NASCAR is not, never has been, and never will be a stick and ball sport, and Brian France and Co. need to stop making it that way. There was nothing wrong with the original way of how races were run, but they seem to know what’s best for the fan base so…

Racing back to the caution would still be outlawed, simply for safety reasons. However, the wave-around rule would be abolished, as will the double-file restarts. (Except lap down cars to the inside). There wouldn’t have any green-white-checkered finishes either. If a race has a certain scheduled distance, then it will go that distance, no questions asked, and if the race ends under a yellow flag condition, then it is what it is.

The Charter System

In my opinion, the charter system is one of the worst things NASCAR has ever implemented outside of the playoff system, which we’ll talk about later. The charter system cut down fields from 43 cars to 40, and according to this deal, only 36 cars makes a full field. It also means that no teams can run more than three cars, and a team can’t run a car with a rookie driver for a select amount of races, which is completely stupid.

Cup fields have dwindled over the past two years, and stuff like this doesn’t help at all. This year, only 42 cars attempted one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR, the Daytona 500.

Gone are the days where 50 (or more) drivers would show up to races, and several different teams would attempt races to break into the series and make a name for themselves. But the charter system dissuades that completely, as there are not enough rides opening up for some of the top Xfinity drivers that are coming up through the ranks. I would disband the charter system completely and allow teams to run a car for rookies. I would also re-expand the field to 43 cars. Less cars means less cautions, but it also means less potential winners, another problem that NASCAR has suffered.

Of a 36-38 car field, only about 14-15 drivers have a realistic chance of winning a race on any given Sunday, and it’s been like that for the past two to three years.

Since the Generation 6 car was implemented, Chris Buescher is the only driver not of the top-funded teams to reach victory lane.

Qualifying

There was nothing wrong with the old qualifying format. I would go back to the single-car format that worked so well over the first 60+ years of the sport.

Here are some facts from the last three years.

12 different drivers qualified for the pole in 2014.  Two of them were from underdog teams (David Gilliland with Front Row and Brian Vickers with Michael Waltrip Racing). This is the lowest number since 11 in 2009.

15 different drivers qualified for the pole in 2015. (AJ Allmendinger won both poles on road courses for JTG Daugherty Racing), and 14 qualified from the pole last season.

Points Format

NASCAR keeps on screwing with things that were never broken in the first place to try to cater to a fan base that could, in all honesty, care less about the sport, while ignoring their core. The Monster sponsorship is a good start, because it’s the closest to Winston that we’ll get. This stage format with playoff points stuff seems very contrived to me, even though the intention is to make the regular season matter more. I prefer going back to the Latford System because it actually made sense. Even if a driver clinched the championship before the season finale, they would have earned it over the course over the entire season, instead of potentially losing because of one bad race in the playoffs.

Three potential scenarios can come out of the current playoff system.

Scenario A: A driver could potentially be barely in the top 30 in points after Richmond, and win one race in each of the three “playoff rounds”, and the season finale, and win the championship.

Scenario B: A driver could win no races at all, have a so-so season, and somehow win the title without winning a race.

Scenario C: A driver could have one of the best seasons in the modern era, winning 14-15 races, and one screw-up at Homestead can cost him the championship.

Part 2 of the “If I Ran NASCAR” series will come early next week. Next week’s post will focus on the problem of Cup drivers in the lower series, rule changes, and the fear of criticizing NASCAR.

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The Continuation of Campus Protests

College campus protests are becoming more and more routine, like death, taxes, and LeBron James getting out of the first round of a playoff series.

I already covered the protests in Berkeley, but thanks to new information spoken by Judge Jeannine Pirro, I found out a few more facts:

One. One protester was arrested during the chaos in Berkeley in February. A bunch of masked anti-first amendment thugs destroy the campus, break down windows, beat people unconscious, and mace them, and NOTHING is done at all?

Sounds like a stand-down order to me.

To make matters worse, on March 4, Trump supporters went to Berkeley, and one helpless elderly person was maced for no reason other than supporting Trump, plus the usual chaos. One person, known as Based Stickman, was arrested for defending himself and once more on April 15, when Trump supporters and AntiFa clashed AGAIN.

It’s funny how in the late 1960s, Berkeley was considered the home of the Free Speech movement. How did we go from that, to protesters burning free speech signs?

My, how the mighty have fallen….

It was only a matter of time before the Trump supporters started fighting back against the Antifa, plain and simple, as in what happened on April 15th. Eventually, bullies have to be stood up to. And to quote the “Be A Star” PSA from a few years ago, a bully is nothing more than a coward.

We have come to a time period where free speech (for some odd reason) is considered as hate speech.

Sadly, some of these jokers think they are doing the right thing by causing chaos and destroying things. It’s long past time for groups like AntiFa and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) to be shut down and hit with RICO charges. We have these thugs attacking people with u-locks, shooting off M80s, macing people, and the police can’t do anything about it, for fear of being blacklisted and having their careers ruined.

People at campuses including Notre Dame, most famously known as one of the traditional college football powers feel “unsafe” about Mike Pence’s upcoming commencement speech there. Why? When did words make people feel unsafe? I remember when college students used to worry about getting busted for plagiarism and underage drinking. Now they’re scared of Mike Pence, who was the governor of Indiana (where Notre Dame is located) for four years?

Something needs to change and quick. We’ve got students shutting yelling at professors (in the case of shrieking girl at Yale in 2015), pouring salt on and snatching Lauren Southern’s phone (at University of Toronto), and shutting down speakers including  Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and so on and so forth. Why? Because they feel “unsafe” on campus due to words. And those words happen to be spoken from the hands of individuals who happen to be conservative.

“Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful.”

If these snowflakes don’t like the speakers, just don’t go to the event! Or go, and actually listen to what they have to say instead of passing them off as hateful “Nazis”, “bigots”, and “racists” just because they have an opinion that you don’t like. There is a very small percentage of actual racists out there, and it’s sad that millennials are being brainwashed into believing that everyone who doesn’t agree with them is a racist.

Why are college millennials so fragile to the point where they can’t handle other people’s opinions and go above and beyond to shut down their free speech? Why do they claim to be peaceful and tolerant, yet the first time someone challenges their opinion, they need safe spaces, therapy dogs, and the like? OVER AN OPINION.

It is almost insulting how true this statement is.

This can’t keep up if millennials are to be the generation of change. As a fellow millennial, I will say this. We will not make it in the real world if we keep up this nonsense.

We can’t go attacking others who have a different viewpoint than us. We need to stop protesting against free speech and being violent towards others who have a different opinion than us. We need to put on our big boy and big girl pants, accept the fact that Donald Trump is our President and move the hell on. For the love of God, GET OVER THE ELECTION. It’s been almost 100 days since the man took office, and five months since he rightfully won the election, yet people say that he is “Not My President”.

Well, I have a question for you “Not My President” folks out there? If he isn’t then who is?

Barack Obama: Last I checked his term ended on January 20, 2017.

On a side note, the man needs to have a sit-down with his daughter and tell her to stop acting so wild and crazy.

Hillary Clinton: She “won” the popular vote, but lost the election.

#NotAnyonesPresident

Maxine Waters: The ever-so delusional representative of California’s 43rd district who is pushing to “impeach” him?

For some reason, the way she’s been acting, she could be prepping for a 2020 run for the Presidency…

Like I said in November, burning cars, inciting violence and fear, destroying property, and making various threats is not going to make things better.

Use that anger to make your communities better instead of cowering in fear. Stir up positive change, listen to other people and their viewpoints. Who knows? You might learn something. Take it from me. Some of my viewpoints have changed over the last year and a half, because I did my research and opened my mind to the different viewpoints of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections on the 2017 NCAA Tournament…So Far…

Just a week ago, we started off with 68, and now we are down to 16 teams.

Many a bracket was busted this week, with upsets by Wisconsin over the defending national champion Villanova, South Carolina (making their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1990s) over national powerhouse Duke,  Michigan over 2013 NCAA tournament champion Louisville, and Xavier over #3 seed Florida State (in Orlando, no less).

Also featured amongst the Sweet 16 were close calls from North Carolina (using a 10-0 run over Arkansas to advance), Kentucky (which needed two blocked shots to fend off Wichita State), Baylor (holding off USC), Arizona (holding off Saint Mary’s after trailing in the second half), Gonzaga (holding a lead despite a furious Northwestern comeback), and Oregon (hitting two clutch threes in the final minutes to knock off upset-minded Rhode Island).

If I have learned anything in the past few editions of the NCAA Tournament is that you can’t really predict who will win it all. Several underdog teams (in just the past six years alone)

2011:

#8 Butler returning to the National Championship game and becoming the first #8 seed since 2000 to make it to the final four, #11 Virginia Commonwealth (who nobody thought would even make the NCAA tournament) making a run from the inaugural first four to the final four, mid majors San Diego State (with eventual NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard) and BYU (with Chinese Basketball Association superstar Jimmer Fredette), #10 seed Florida State, #11 seed Marquette, and #12 seed Richmond making it to the Sweet 16.

2012:

#10 Xavier beating #15 Lehigh, who upset the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina State making it to the Sweet 16, losing to Kansas by three, #13 Ohio taking UNC to double overtime in the same round, and #15 Norfolk State beating Missouri.

 

2013:

#9 Wichita State making it to their first Final Four, despite playing five against eight late in that contest, #13 La Salle (Philadelphia) making it to the Sweet 16, #14 Harvard upsetting New Mexico, and who could forget #15 Florida Gulf Coast (aka Dunk City) making it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen by beating national powerhouse Georgetown and mid-major San Diego State?

2014:

#7 UConn needing over time to beat St. Josephs and eventually winning it all, #8 Kentucky upsetting previously undefeated Wichita State and making it to the title game, #10 Stanford making it to the Sweet Sixteen, #11 Tennessee making it to the Sweet Sixteen by beating #14 Mercer, who upset Duke, and #11 Dayton making it to the Elite Eight, upsetting national powerhouses Ohio State and Syracuse.

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This will never get old, no matter what team you root for or who you are.

2015:

#14 seeds Georgia State and UAB knocking off Baylor and Iowa State, respectively, #7 Michigan State making it to the Final Four, #8 NC State making it to the Sweet Sixteen, and #11 UCLA (another team nobody thought should have been in the tournament) making it to the Sweet Sixteen.

2016:

#11 Northern Iowa beating Texas on a half-court buzzer beater, but blowing a double digit lead with 44 seconds to go, and losing in double overtime, #12 Yale defeating Baylor in their first tournament appearance since 1950, #12 Arkansas-Little Rock defeating Purdue in overtime,#13 Hawai’i making their first tournament appearance since 2003, upsetting California, #14 Stephen F. Austin upsetting West Virginia and coming within one point of making the Sweet 16, #15 Middle Tennessee State upsetting tournament favorite Michigan State, #11 Gonzaga making a run to the Sweet Sixteen, and #10 Syracuse (ANOTHER team people said shouldn’t have been in the tournament) making it all the way to the Final Four.

 

Of the underdog teams remaining, the likeliest (in my opinion) to make the Elite Eight are #7 Michigan (who has played really well since the Big Ten Tournament), in fact, don’t be surprised to see That Team Up North make the Final Four, and #7 South Carolina. South Carolina’s a great underdog story who played good ball during the season, and scored points in bunches in the second half against Duke.

There’s still a lot of tournament ball left to play over these next couple of weeks. Will there be one (or more) upsets? Or will the big dogs make their move? Play restarts on Thursday evening. Only time will tell…

 

 

 

 

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Recap of The First Four Weeks of The 2017 NASCAR Season

I have to say, even though I was skeptical about the races being broken up into stages, for some reason, I actually like this new move as a wrinkle for how teams strategize from week to week. The only thing that I don’t like is the fact that there are mandatory yellow flags at the end of the stages, instead a constant continuation of the race.

I have to give a special shoutout to Ryan Newman for taking the win at Phoenix International Raceway, picking up his first victory since 2013 and qualifying for the playoffs. Maybe more teams will stay out in the event of a late-race caution instead of coming in?

It’s funny how karma works, especially when it comes to Kyle Busch, who, as a lot of NASCAR fans remember, tried to wreck Joey Logano at the end of last week’s race at Las Vegas and then tried to fight him. Fast forward a week later, Joey Logano cuts down a tire when Kyle Busch has the victory well in hand. Is this the start of a new rivalry?

 

Last week for Kyle Busch, everything was NOT so great.

Along the way, with the victories, the stage wins, and the racing product, there are some pleasant early-season surprises that I’d like to mention.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Kyle Larson leading the points. He has three consecutive second place finishes and was leading the Daytona 500 before running out of fuel in turn one, handing the victory to Kurt Busch. It’s not a matter of time IF he wins multiple races this season, but WHEN he wins them. This year may be his breakthrough into championship contention, and thus far, he is proving it.

 

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Hopefully that changes soon.

Chase Elliott in third place. He was leading the Daytona 500 before he was passed with a few laps to go. He has added two top five finishes and a stage victory. And like Kyle Larson, it’s only a matter of time before he reaches victory lane this season.

 

He won’t be “hating it for his guys” much longer if he continues to rack up the good finishes like he has been doing.

Ryan Blaney currently standing in sixth place. If he had a strong enough draft, then he would likely have won the Daytona 500, and he has been qualifying better thus far. Can he keep it up as the season goes on?

Xfinity Series

It is no surprise to see Cup drivers winning Xfinity races, such as the cases of Kyle Busch (Atlanta) and Joey Logano (Las Vegas), nor is it a surprise to see Elliott Sadler leading the points, and Justin Allgaier in early contention, especially with his victory in Phoenix. But here are some more special shoutouts:

William Byron, currently in 2nd place in points. The kid has talent, as evidenced last year when he scored the most victories in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing in fifth place in his rookie season. He’s a shoo in to make the Xfinity playoffs, but it will be a matter of time before he gets his first career Xfinity win.

Ryan Reed, who picked up his second career win at Daytona, and is currently sitting in 3rd place in points. He has improved from year to year, from one win (his only top five and top ten finish) of 2015, to seven top tens the following year. He is doing well thus far, and if he keeps it up, he will be a contender for the championship.

Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five in points with three consecutive sixth-place finishes, despite not having a full-season sponsor, Daniel Hemric in sixth (recovering from a DNF at the season-opening race at Daytona) On a side note, once their careers are over, they both need to go into reality television. I have a feeling their show would pull in some good ratings.

Dakota Armstrong rounding out the top ten. JGL Racing has some speed, and has consistenly finished in the top twenty. If those top twenties can turn into top tens, this team is definitely a wildcard to make the Xfinity playoffs.

Camping World Truck Series

Kaz Grala becoming the youngest driver to win at Daytona after the chaos that was the final lap, and Christopher Bell, picking up where he left off last season after beating Kyle Busch at Atlanta are two impressive early surprises. It’s a long season, and things can change, for all series.

I will be updating in four weeks time to see if some of the same drivers are at the top of the standings, who has dropped off, and who is making moves.

 

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Reflections on Daytona

This weekend will go down in history, as one of the more unique weekends kicking off the NASCAR season.

On Friday night, 18 year old Kaz Grala won the season-opening Truck series race, that was marred by a huge wreck that saw Matt Crafton flip over, collecting Stage 1 & 2 winner Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, and others.

Representing for the underdogs was Austin Wayne Self in second, Chase Briscoe in third, Joe Nemechek in fifth, Scott Lagasse Jr. in seventh, and Myatt Snider (son of Marty Snider) rounding out the top ten.

The five-minute rule in regards to fixing up trucks to run at minimum speed did not really affect a lot of drivers, as John Hunter Nemechek came in 4th, Regan Smith (despite wrecking on the last lap) finished in 6th, and Christopher Bell (who nearly turned over) finished in 8th.

The very next day, Ryan Reed won a race that saw two different big wrecks and two different red-flags. He picked up his second career win.

Representing for the underdogs was Scott Lagasse Jr. for the second day in a row, this time with a sixth-place finish, Joey Gase in seventh, Garrett Smithley in eighth, and Harrison Rhodes rounding out the top ten.

Despite having some engine issues in the second segment, upcoming phenom William Byron came from two laps down and finished in ninth place. Segment one and two winner Elliott Sadler seemed to have the car to beat before ending up in a late wreck. Nevertheless, it was a good points day for him.

Sunday’s Daytona 500 featured some clean racing throughout the first two segments, with only a couple of cautions. Kyle Busch won the first segment and Kevin Harvick won the second one. Danica Patrick finished in tenth and fifth in both segments (in fact, all four Stewart-Haas cars finished in the top seven in segment two). But all three drivers would later get caught up in a big wreck in the final segment.

It appeared that Chase Elliott would win the race just like his father did many years ago, but lost the lead to Kyle Larson, who in turn ran out of fuel on the final lap, giving the win to the driver sponsored by Monster, Kurt Busch.

All in all, the racing was still exciting in parts, but the format still doesn’t really make any sense in my opinion.

Let’s just see what happens in a few days at Atlanta.

 

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The Dawn of A New Era: Thoughts On The Upcoming 2017 MENCS Season

A new season is officially upon us. After a wild off-season, the 2017 Daytona 500 is just three days away.

Despite some of the changes that NASCAR has made, especially to the points and championship formats, as a fan of NASCAR for sixteen years, I have decided that I am going to at least give this new format a chance.

I do not like the new changes at all, most notably the fact that races are broken up into segments instead of being decided naturally, basically ensuring that NASCAR will never have a caution-free race for the rest of its history. NASCAR is a sport that has never needed “quarters” or “periods” for any reason, but evidently the “powers that be” know what is best for the fans…

Also not a fan of the new points system (I’m an old school guy and think they should go back to the system from 1974-2003). I can understand part of where they were going with rewarding the top 10 drivers with points after each segment, but in my mind, it’s a lot easier to reward the points after the race.

It’s nice that the regular season matters again, and that the regular season points winner will have an advantage going into the MENCS playoffs, but it makes no sense to reset the final four in points after the fall Phoenix race. Why not let the points leader go into Homestead-Miami with the advantage that he gained over the course of the season? At least the first few Chase iterations let the points leader enjoy his advantage, even if it was over the course of nine races.

 

Here are just a few predictions I have for the season:

Chase Elliott will win not have a sophomore slump. After an incredible rookie season, his sophomore year will be even better, as he will multiple races this year and contend for the championship. (Winning the pole for the Daytona 500 Sunday will definitely go a long way towards helping those chances) He has stepped up in a big way as a replacement for four-time champion Jeff Gordon.

Clint Bowyer will have better results than he did last season. This goes without saying. Is he going to get a victory? No. He likely won’t make the Chase playoffs either, but he will have at least one top five and multiple top tens this season.

Daniel Suarez, last year’s Xfinity Series champion, has some big shoes to fill, replacing the suddenly retired Carl Edwards. He will have some good finishes, and will make the Playoffs. It will be a dogfight between him and Erik Jones for the Rookie of The Year.

Both Roush Fenway Racing drivers will win this year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Bristol and Trevor Bayne at either Talladega or the Coke Zero 400. Their results will continue to improve, and Stenhouse Jr. will make it to the second round of the Chase. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Reed will be called up to Cup for a few races at some point during the season.

Martin Truex Jr. will make it to the final four, including grabbing a victory in a must-win situation in one of the early rounds of the playoffs.

Erik Jones will win a race this season. This guy’s got a lot of talent, as evidenced in being the youngest Camping World Trucks champion in 2015, and narrowly missing out on the Xfinity Series title the year after. Even if he doesn’t, with a teammate like Martin Truex Jr. (who has risen as a contender for the championship the past couple years) the sky is the limit for this 21-year-old Michigan native.

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He will be the next Joey Logano, and if the breaks go Martin Truex Jr.’s way, Truex himself will be contending for the title. It has been a very impressive last couple years for the Furniture Row Racing team out of Colorado.

Joey Logano will make the final four for the third time in four seasons. At 26 years old, this guy has just been getting it done lately. He won the Daytona 500 a couple years ago, and ever since he moved to Penske Racing, he has finished no further than eighth in the points standings. I see him winning multiple races (including the Brickyard) and being in contention for the title throughout the season.

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Can the driver formerly known as Sliced Bread pick up his second Daytona 500 win?

Jimmie Johnson will qualify for the final four this season and contend to win his eighth championship. Say what you will about the Cup points formats and his crew chief, they have just been getting things done when it matters. He has finished no worse than 11th in Cup points his ENTIRE career.

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Can Jimmie become eight-time?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after the 2017 season. But he will win at least one race during the season. I hope I’m wrong about his retirement, but the man has taken quite a few hits during his career. Either way, 25+ wins (two of them Daytona 500s) is nothing to be ashamed of.

*Drivers who will win this season

MENCS Playoff Drivers: *Ricky Stenhouse Jr., *Trevor Bayne, *Dale Earnhardt Jr., *Kurt Busch, *Chase Elliott, *Jimmie Johnson, *Kevin Harvick, *Erik Jones, *Martin Truex Jr., *Joey Logano, *Brad Keselowski, *Matt Kenseth, *Kyle Busch, *Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson

Eliminated In Round 1: Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones

Eliminated In Round 2: Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Eliminated In Round 3: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott

Final Four: Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin

Champion: Jimmie Johnson

Rookie of The Year: Erik Jones

Even when all is said and done, as I said before, I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for sixteen years and I can’t just up and divorce the sport cold turkey. No matter what, I will always watch at worst, the Daytona 500, the Coke Zero 400, the holiday races, and the season finale.

Will the racing be as exciting as it was last year? Will the sport recover from its recent downspiral, I don’t know, and so far, things are not trending in the right direction with some of the decisions that have been made. But we’ll just have to sit back and see what happens through the first few races.

 

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The Tolerant Left Strikes Again-Riot Postpones Milo Event At Cal-Berkeley

According to Winston Churchill, it was said that the fascists of the future would be the anti-fascists. This quote, unfortunately rings true with every passing day.

Last night, Bretibart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to do an event at Cal-Berkeley, but the event was shut down by the ever so tolerant protesters.

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This is the man they are fearful of.

Oh, but that’s not all they did. It’s one thing to disagree with someone’s opinion, but it is another thing to have a full scale riot. These fascist thugs destroyed a Starbucks, smashed ATMs, beat people unconscious with poles, broke into cars and pepper sprayed people, started fires, destroyed campus buildings, set off fireworks, and fought with police, all because of a gay Jewish man’s opinion.

This is what “tolerance” looks like to anarchists.

How did this campus go from peaceful protests in the late 60s FOR free speech:

The good old days, when peaceful protests actually meant something.

to shutting down a free speech event in what is supposed to be progressive times in the United States?

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Then again, this is the same Berkeley that students barricaded a bridge, refusing to let white people cross, all in the name of “tolerance”.

What is so bad about being a conservative that anarchists and the intolerant are willing to assault and potentially kill for having a different opinion than them in the United States of America? The sad thing about this is, like at DePaul University a few months ago, where another Milo event was shut down, the police were issued a stand down order by the mayor of Berkeley. So according to him, free speech, even if it’s something you don’t agree with, is not welcome, but destroying property and beating up innocent people IS welcome in Berkeley, California?

I have a few questions for these anarchist rioters who thought their actions were “heroic” and “brave”. Blaming Milo Yiannopoulos and Donald Trump for what you did is cowardly and pathetic, yet you creatures (you don’t deserve to be called humans, because no actual human acts like this) do not have any compassion or heart whatsoever.

“You can’t protest everything and expect people to still believe you have a cause.” -Tomi Lahren
  1. What exactly is rioting and destroying your own city supposed to accomplish, regardless of how you feel about Milo and Donald Trump?
  2. How can you claim that you are tolerant and accepting, then shut down conservative speakers and beat people up for having the “wrong opinion” because you assume that they are “Nazis” and “fascists”?
  3. How can you call people fascists and say that you won’t debate them when you turn around and act like fascists?
  4. What is it that terrifies you about free speech?
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I assume this is what a lot of these people read before going out and protesting.

Rioters like you are giving what is left of liberalism a very bad name. There are some actually tolerant liberals out there, but they are decreasing as time goes on and being replaced by these goons. All this riot accomplished was increase Milo’s fan support and his popularity. I don’t care how you feel about a speaker, it is never, ever acceptable to riot and destroy a college campus because you don’t like someone’s opinion. Have ANY of them even done ANY research on Milo Yiannopoulos, or are they just following the crowd like brainwashed sheep?

I am not convinced that you like the First Amendment at all. Matter of fact, you probably would be happier if the First Amendment was abolished completely the way you guys act. All you want is for everyone to think as you do. You have no interest whatsoever in having a dialogue. Inciting fear is making things a lot worse, and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

This is what happens when we have safe spaces on college campuses around the nation. What used to be learning institutions meant to challenge students and teach different viewpoints have turned into glorified daycare centers. All of this nonsense breeds hate and bigotry and infantilizes college students (and some professors). Over the past three years, there have been professors assaulting minors for having pro-life signage, students throwing temper tantrums at esteemed professors, assaulting innocent reporters, and flipping over tables with a Republican signage on them. None of these are acts of bravery and heroism, they are simply cowardice. This is what happens when simple words and phrases are turned into “microaggressions”. And this is supposed to be “The New Americana”. Well, they sure as hell haven’t been acting like it lately.

This will never get old.

Part of me fears that unless we get law and order soon, these protesters will only get worse, and it seems that the mainstream media is compliant in these happenings. Even the celebrities are getting in on the action, most notably, Debra Messing, Sarah Silverman, and Judd Apatow. They are only making problems worse with their support of these anarchists All they are doing is turning more and more people into conservatives. All they are doing is further validating the reason why people voted for Donald Trump. All they are doing is assuring that Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020.

Speaking of Trump, this morning he announced that he was considering pulling federal funds over what happened last night. I say this is a good thing, because we need law and order to be restored. A message needs to be sent that hate and intolerance and suppression of free speech will not be tolerated. The Mayor and the Governor of California have yet to disavow the actions of last night.

What happened is sad because this is the same university that turned out sports stars we all know and love such as Aaron Rodgers (Pro Bowl QB), Jared Goff (#1 NFL Draft Pick last year) Alex Morgan (USWNT star), Tony Gonzalez (Hall of Fame Tight End), Marshawn Lynch, DeSean Jackson, Jason Kidd (NBA Coach), and Missy Franklin (US Swimming Gold Medalist), among others.

Because of the culture of intolerance, as a student-athlete, I would transfer from the university, or if I originally committed, I would decommit and go somewhere else.

This nonsense on college campuses must end. Something has to be done before more innocent people get hurt and possibly killed, and more property is destroyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inauguration Day And The Aftermath

First of all, I’d like to start off by giving congratulations to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. For a man such as Donald Trump to come in this with ZERO political experience and win in a landslide is an incredible feat in and of itself,
Regardless whether or not you like him.

And I say, that this man earned the Presidency. He, his beautiful wife Melania as first lady, his kids, who will take over his multi-billion dollar business empire, and Barron, who is going to be successful just like his brothers and his father. And to our new Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen, and their three children.

I think he has what it takes to lead this country on the right path. The man worked his ass
off over the course of a 18 months, even doing 15 rallies the last three days before the
election, and a thank you tour.

But some people on the left don’t get it. According to Bill Maher, Trump supporters are “drug addicts”, according to Marc Lamont Hill, blacks who support or are willing to work with him are “mediocre Negroes”. And I haven’t even mentioned the protesters yet.

By the way, they’re up to their usual tricks. By that I mean tearing stuff up, destroying businesses, assaulting Trump supporters, setting limos on fire.

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Example #1 of “Liberal Tolerance”.

What is the end game that they are trying to accomplish here? More than half of these clowns didn’t even bother voting, they just like to destroy stuff for the hell of it. These psycho anarchists don’t get it, and they never, ever will. This nonsense will never change the results of the election. But a majority of them were arrested and will be facing some serious time, so, thankfully, law and order will be restored in this country real soon.

And the people in Hollywood showed how “tolerant” they were during this cycle. Because of this election, I have a lot less support for Hollywood than I did coming in. Because they are appallingly out of touch with the rest of society and look down on the average citizen, thinking of us as “deplorables”, “standard rednecks”, and the like. I bet none of them have visited “fly-over country” states, because it’s not New York or Los Angeles. They just prefer to live in their own bubble, which is sad.

People such as Charlie Sheen, a great actor who starred in one of my favorite movies of all time, Major League, wished death upon him last year. I no longer have respect for him after his disgusting remarks. Alyssa Milano tweeted that she would not get over the results of the election, George Clooney smugly declared there “wouldn’t be a President Trump”, Michael Moore continues to talk a lot of crap. To that I say that if they had such a problem, why don’t they run for President? They sure like to talk and not back it up.

But people don’t stop with their trash talk at Donald, no, not at all. People also make fun of his wife Melania and talk trash about her, and call her every name in the book, starting after her speech at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland, and in her speech before the election about wanting to stop cyberbullying. It’s the same people that lose their minds when someone compliments a girl, but somehow, find it okay to use disgusting remarks towards our new FLOTUS.

But wait, they don’t stop THERE either. They are even making fun of Barron Trump, Donald’s youngest son. Rosie O’Donnell (in all her “infinite wisdom”) called him autistic, and an Saturday Night Live writer called him a “school shooter”. Both of these women are just two of many who have talked trash about this 10 year old boy. It’s one thing to talk about Donald, but to talk about his kid shows how classless and immature these people are. Sadly, I don’t expect apologies from these losers.

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And yesterday, there were are women’s marches all across the United States and in various other countries in the wake of the inauguration. Millions of women came out to the various marches, including Elizabeth Warren, Emma Watson, America Ferrara, Ashley Judd, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and the like. And Madonna, who, up to this point, had a great music career, making it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, messed up big league yesterday during her speech, by making threats against the President, of which she is being investigated by the US Secret Service.

 

I definitely understand their right to protest, and at least they’re not going around, destroying stuff like the anarchists. But why protest against the results of a fair democratic election? Why call him an illegitimate President when he won the votes that mattered? Where are the protests against women being mistreated in Middle Eastern countries?

 

Where are the protests for these poor women?

Where are the protests against the sexual assaults that have been happening at a disturbing rate in Germany,Sweden, Great Britain, and France? Where were the protests years ago when Bill Clinton sexually assaulted multiple women and Hillary Clinton bullied his victims? In my mind, their movement would gain a lot more respect if they protested against those assaults. They missed a huge opportunity by not protesting at the Iranian assembly.

But in conclusion, I would like to say this. We can celebrate, but come tomorrow, there is much work to be done to turn around this great nation of ours. No matter how many #NotMyPresident hashtags are out there, no matter how much protesting is done, guess what. Donald J. Trump #IsOurPresident for the next (very likely) eight years.

 

Posted in Politics

An Open Letter To SJWs

I understand that you may be upset at the results of the election. It is okay to feel sad,
but at some point, you have to get over it.

I don’t like this racism, bigotry, and intolerance that’s been going on on college
campuses. I don’t like “speech codes” and “free speech zones”. Shutting down a bridge so that white people cannot go across, like what was done at Cal-Berkeley a few months ago, is an act of bigotry and racism. That nonsense has to stop.

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Flipping tables over that support a presidential candidate, and assaulting minors for being pro-life is not tolerant. Storming a stage and disrupting a conservative speaker, leading to the cancellation of his event, is not tolerant. Slandering people for being conservative is not tolerant.

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I assume this is what some of these “tolerant” people read.

If you can’t handle someone having a different opinion than you, how are you going to survive in society? The world is not a safe space. People are going to tell you no at some point.

Stop blaming white males for everything and anything under the sun that goes wrong. Especially the ones that had nothing to do with slavery back in the day. All this is doing is just causing more racism and hate, and we don’t need that in this day and age.

Donald Trump’s presidency is not the end of the world. Things will not be worse for LGBT, women, minorities, or Muslims. I am not a fan of this fear-mongering BS that you keep pushing on people. You can march and protest in the streets all you want, but that will not change the fact that he is the President. In fact, I believe that things will only get better for all of the four groups listed above. If he is such a “xenophobe”, why did he get support from those four groups? Why did he win in such a landslide? Conservative minorities don’t have “internalized racism” or “internalized misogyny”. Why do you think you can speak for everyone? You can’t, and you don’t.

If you really cared about “oppressed” people, why not come down off of your ivory tower and spend some time in urban communities and to help them out? If you want to make sure that women have rights, why not march in the Middle East, or countries where women and gays are horribly mistreated?

It is okay to be liberal, but at the same time, you have to have some form of sanity and be willing to listen to conservatives. Who knows, you may actually get some good ideas.