Hello again fellow SpeedFreaks… is it just me or was it a relatively quiet weekend in the overall world of motorsports?  Maybe I was too busy celebrating Cinco de Mayo… or the other holiday May 5 was known as this year… World Naked Gardening Day!  YEAH!

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So, 4 Car of Tomorrow races and all 4 have been won by Hendrick Motorsports… add to it that 96% of the laps led in COT races have been by a Chevy!  And further add that there have been 10 races so far this year, and 7 of those 10 have been won by Hendrick's team.  Yeah, good times for the rest of the field.  Does NASCAR have a problem when only a handful of teams seem to win each and every year?  Is it a problem or just part of the sport… at least in baseball, football, basketball, etc. you have many different winners on a given weekend.  I dunno, maybe it's just me.  Money talks… and buys the best engineers and mechanics in the biz… that's the way it is in any business, right?  So I'll stop trying to figure out the fairness in racing… it's just business. 

Oh yeah, the winner from Richmond, you ask?  After a rain out on Saturday night, Sunday came with full sunshine and a complete restart.  Even though it was quite a crash-fest, Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag to win at what has historically not been one of his greatest tracks… thank you COT?  Thank you Hendrick!  And good tribute to Virginia Tech, too!

On the Busch side of things, Clint Bowyer won Friday night's event.
Complete NASCAR info can be found at…

The Nitro boys and girls raced in St. Louis this afternoon… a day race for the first time in years.
     Top Fuel – Melanie Troxel
     Funny Car – Ron Capps
     Pro Stock – Dave Connolly
     Motorcycle – Matt Smith

Check out all the weekend goods & driver blogs at www.nhra.com

And the Sport Compact series had it's big one at E-town with, believe it or not, the Front Wheelers finally being the more popular classes!  Wow, that's a switch (but much better for the sport).  For complete stories and results, www.nhrasportcompact.com

World Rally
Argentina staged the weekend's affair… and Sebastien Loeb again made his showing atop the podium.  The big story, however, was the battle for fifth… go to www.wrc.com to find out!

The Indy 500 has officially begun!  Today (Sunday May 6th) marked the official Opening Day at the Speedway.  Damn, who scheduled this one?  How can anyone concentrate with a Cinco de Mayo hangover?  With that being said, have you voted yet on our poll of the week?  Do you believe Al Unser Jr. should be allowed to participate in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, given his past two arrests/allegations?  Vote your opinion here.

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Even with 5x champ Valentino Rossi shattering the track record in Shanghai qualifying to take the pole, for the 3rd race of the season, no one had anything for Aussie Casey Stoner.  Damn those Ducs have the new configuration figured out this year… and some riders are complaining about weight and how much the little guys have an advantage… but isn’t Rossi the smallest on the grid?  Stoner didn’t have too many issues there… he passed Rossi at the start/finish line at the end of Lap 1 and even though it was an exciting race, when Stoner opens the throttle on his Ducati, ain't no one comin' close!  And how about Red Bull American rider John Hopkins!!  The Hopper took his first ever podium with a 3rd place finish… other Americans Colin Edwards suffered a poor tire choice and Nicky Hayden narrowly avoided a first lap crash to finish 11th and 12th respectively, while Kenny Roberts Jr. just couldn’t get anything to go his way and was the last rider running, in 15th.  For complete stories, interviews and more, hit www.motogp.com

Well, Vegas is now over and that means the season is now history… and it was just that… HIS story, almost exclusively.  James Bubba Stewart took win #13 to wrap the "indoor" championship of Supercross… damn that boy is good! Speaking of a handful of teams capable of winning, eh… Next up for the dirt bikers is the "outdoor" season, kickin' it at Sac-to.  To get the full rewind on the Supercross season, check out www.sxgp.com and to get ready for the Motocross season, hit www.amamotocross.com

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… yes, LEGS
How about the Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense!  With a name like that you would think there just had to be some motorsports ties somewhere.  And, there are.  Sports Car driver Jim Tafel earned his horsepower rights via his family ties for sure.  His father James just so happens to have an interest in horses and just so happened to be the winning owner of Street Sense, the horse who made a brilliant run from 19th to first in the fastest 2 minutes in sports.  Check out the notes and quotes from Louisville here:  www.tafelracing.com

Check this site out… http://www.propanemower.com
We Freaks talked with the driver of this environmentally friendly lawnmower, Matt Land.  And he brings up a good point… all the politicians talk the talk, but don't seem to walk the walk.  After numerous attempts to meet up with The Governator have all failed, Matt decided to ride his 30 mph lawnmower, powered on green-friendly propane, from Indianapolis, IN to Sacramento, California in hopes of seeing Aaahnold up close and in person.  Should be interesting. 


Other news bits going on so far… Dale Jr. laughs off the thought of ever driving Fords next year (when referring to journalists asking about his step mother's negotiations and merger talks with Robert Yates to join DEI)… Dale says he will be in a Chevy… and speaking of Chevy, and environmentally friendly machines, apparently Chevy will soon petition NASCAR to start running ethanol like the IndyCar series does… and more importantly to bring NASCAR into the 20th Century, let alone the 21st… and with all the fuss about Kyle Busch's HANS cracking last week in 'Dega, did anyone notice that Casey Mears ALSO had a crack in his HANS from a 'Dega crash… hmmm…


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