Wow, after losing the hour over the weekend to daylight savings time I’m kinda dragging today. Add to that my kid got mixed up and got up at 7:30AM (feels like 6:30) when he usually sleeps till 9 and I’m a bit tired. But I’ll try to make some sense for you.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Nationwide race at Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon and Tony Stewart followed up with a win in the Sprint Cup race Sunday. I quickly got my hopes of a Dale Earnhardt Jr. victory squashed after the first round of pit stops and shifted my cheers to Jimmy Johnson. Unfortunately, no one had anything for Tony on restarts. Did you see the second to last restart? He shot from the 2nd row to way out in first in nothing flat. Very impressive car this weekend. Not someone I usually root for, but a good guy to finish first. Lots of different names in the top 10 – Ryan Newman (free Bloomin’ Onion at Outback today!), Jamie McMurray (who was diagnosed this morning with strep throat) and Trevor Bayne (first top 10 since his Daytona 500 win last year). Jr. ended up with a top 10 finish and is now fourth in the points standings.
Speaking of Jr., he and Mark Martin did some bumping late in the race. One was apparently unhappy with the other. Not that I thought it would come to a fist fight, but I was interested to see what would happen after the race and during interviews. Nothing much, it turns out. No drama there. Martin even asked his Twitter followers to lay off the Dale Jr. fans. No retaliation available for the next race since Martin’s sitting that out. Brian Vickers will be in the 55 car.
This was the first national racing series to return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the IndyCar finale there last October that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon in a 15 car pileup early in the race. Kyle Busch in his media availability interview said that didn’t even enter his mind until one of the reporters reminded him. Said it’s something you have to push out of your head so you can continue to race. A golden rose remains on the pole of the catch fence in turn 3 that was replaced after the crash. Sam Hornish Jr.’s helmet for the Nationwide race bore the name “Dan Wheldon” on his visor. The two Target Chip Ganassi teammates (McMurray and Montoya) both had decals of remembrance on their cars. #RIPDan77 was a hashtag used on Twitter for the 77th lap of both races. During the Sprint Cup race it trended nationwide and Lap 77 trended worldwide.
One last NASCAR note of drama. Kurt Busch wrecked his car late in the race on Sunday and had to be taken to the infield care center (mandatory when your car is not in a condition to drive back to the garage). Jim Utter, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, tweeted right after the conclusion of the race there were “reports of a KuBu (Kurt Busch, as opposed to brother KyBu [Kyle Busch]) meltdown at the care center”. Apparently he threw a water bottle and directed some nasty comments to someone. A LOT of people, reports and Twitterers alike, jumped on him for this comment, saying that since he didn’t see it with his own eyes he must be lying or blowing it out of proportion. Kurt Busch’s girlfriend Patricia Driscoll responded on Twitter saying that Busch was quiet since they left the care center and there was no “meltdown”. Now, in my opinion, if all he was doing was cursing a little bit and threw a water bottle, this is in no way a meltdown for Busch. This seems to be his normal operating procedure after something doesn’t go his way. Now, if he was in someone’s face cursing and threw a full water bottle directly at them, that may be a different story. What surprised me most was how divided the media was on this. To my outside view they normally rally around each other, but this incident has caused a split. To my knowledge no video or audio has been made public, so we don’t have all the answers. Just have to see how this one plays out, if anything else even happens.
Now a Camden story. I knew this whole time change thing would mess with him since he’s so much a scheduled child. He went down for a nap at 5 because he wouldn’t stop laying on the floor whining. I had planned to keep his up until 8 and then put him to bed but he needed his nap. So he got up at 6:30, bath at 8:30 and in bed a little after 9 (which is his normal bedtime, but felt an hour earlier). He got out of bed a couple of times, which isn’t new for him, and we made him get back in bed and explained we were going to sleep. About 15 minutes after we laid down to bed, he came out of his room and stood there SCREAMING. I ran up the stairs and he held his right fist out to me, and kept mumbling something. I asked if it hurt (no), do I need to kiss it (no) is it dirty (no). I got him back in bed and he keeps mumbling this same thing over and over. Finally it dawned on me. “Do you want a fist bump?” “Yeah…”. My child wanted a fist bump…a fist bump…and then a high five before he finally laid down and slept.