Friday, June 26, 2015

Sonoma “News” and Notes

—After an oddly-placed off-week, the Sprint Cup Series returns for its last race of the year on Fox Sports 1.  Here’s hoping they use enough packing peanuts when they put Darrell Waltrip in storage till Homestead.

—Expect to hear plenty of chatter about how this is one of only two races where drivers like AJ Allmendinger and Casey Mears have a legitimate shot to make the Chase.  Funny, as I thought the main appeal of road course racing was that it was, y’know, exciting.

—The Xfinity and Truck series both take a break after a weekend that saw Erik Jones win both races (in two different states).  Its sad to think that anything other than back-to-back wins would have likely resulted in another post-race hissy-fit.

—Jamie Dick announces that Viva Motorsports is shutting down.  Then, a few days later, Ganassi announces that Kyle Larson will run a Viva paper towels paint scheme.  Coincidence?  Well, yeah, probably.

—Other than the upcoming July race at New Hampshire, we’re heading into an unbroken stretch of races where it will be the LAST TIME Jeff Gordon races there.  I personally love how the media is focusing tons of time and attention on Jeff’s final season, while simultaneously wondering why he’s having such a crummy year.