LAS VEGAS Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place


Apologies if I said this already, but for someone who loves to gamble on sports, I have surprisingly never been to Las Vegas.  There’s no particular reason why—it’s just my “cursed” vacation spot.

Let me explain: You ever have a place you keep planning to go to, only for real life to get in the way over and over again?  Well, that’s Las Vegas for me.  I meant to go in college, but I wound up spending my meager vacation fund to fix my car.  About ten years ago I was planning out a long weekend there, only to win a contest at work for that weekend to visit Florida instead.  And just a few years back, I was ready to book a last-minute trip there, only to get sick with the flu (or, as they say in sports “flu-like symptoms”).  I’m not saying that I won’t ever go there, but I wouldn’t bet on it (pun).


Friday Night TRUCK SERIES (1 win) Victoria’s Voice 200: KYLE BUSCH—“And put your little hand in miiiiine…” *knocks alarm clock off nightstand*


Saturday Evening XFINITY SERIES LiUNA 300: CHANDLER SMITH—doing the old FILMAR Square D car proud.


Sunday CUP SERIES Pennzoil 400: 13th Place Picks COREY LAJOIE.  FAVORITE: DENNY HAMLIN—…and let the “real racing” season begin.  NEXT FAVORITE: JOEY LOGANO—sponsor’s race advantage (and the all-Pennzoil car always looks great).  DARK HORSE: CHASE BRISCOE—the official bounce back performance of tough.



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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini Chronicles Cards, Pack 1 of 6


PACK 1: Dinger Signed, A State of Mind, and 139


FIRST LOOK: So the Chronicles set is very pricey ($120 MSRP for six packs) but comes with a LOT of premium inserts.  This is a good example, with the always-affable AJ Allmendinger’s autograph in the very first pack.


TO THE BACK: While it’s awesome that Ryan Preece has made it to the Cup Series, I’d be a little worried that he seems to be satisfied just to be there.  Kind of like when you ask your crush out on a date, then just stare at her with a smile on your face for an hour.


SAY WHAT?: “This is card number 139 of just 199 in existence.  Also, who am I?”


RATING: 8 caution laps out of 10.



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NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1979: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years


 

Dale Earnhardt
Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.

1979

Winner: Dale Earnhardt (Osterlund) Runners Up: Joe Millikan (DeWitt), Terry Labonte (Hagan), Harry Gant (Race Hill)

How their careers turned out: Really, what more can you say?  You have nine Cup Series championships, 116 race wins, and two Hall of Famers (with Gant a likely third in the future).  The only sore-thumb here is Joe Millikan, a journeyman whose career fizzled out by the mid-80’s, but when Handsome Harry is the third-best in a class, how do you compete?

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: Dale Earnhardt’s public image has become so warped by online weirdos that I’m starting to wonder if he ever actually existed.

Ranking: #1 out of 50



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