Charlotte Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place



Why is it that whenever you have a vacation coming up, everything ELSE in life has to happen at the same time?!?

In the past few days I’ve had to deal with a bunch of callouts at work, my car developing an oil leak, my refrigerator breaking, AND waking up today with a really stiff neck.  Granted, it’s nothing too terrible, but it’s still damn annoying.

On the plus side, we got a huge raceday on Sunday.  For the record, my picks for the two “preliminary” races are for the pole winners to win.


Friday Night TRUCK SERIES (2 wins) NC Education Lottery 200: BEN RHODES—the winner gets a year’s supply of education!


Saturday Afternoon XFINITY SERIES (3 wins) BetMGM 300: JESSE LOVE—breakthrough win for the latest RCR wunderkind to be held back because of Austin Dillon. 


Sunday CUP SERIES Coca-Cola 600: 13th Place Picks CHRISTOPHER BELL.  FAVORITE (1 win): WILLIAM BYRON—just about time to get on a hot early-summer run.  NEXT FAVORITE: MARTIN TRUEX JR.—although this is a home race for everybody.  DARK HORSE: TY GIBBS—about time for a breakthrough, but will he cry like Jeff Gordon did?



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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini PRIZM Cards, Pack 1 of 12



PACK 1: Justin B, Califor-nee, and Kev’s Victory


FIRST LOOK: And here we get our first look at the 2023 PRIZM cards.  Good news: They all look great, there’s twelve cards per pack, and have an extra-sheen to them.  Bad news: There’s not as many inserts, and that sheen makes it kinda hard to get a picture without making Justin look look he’s on the surface of the sun.


TO THE BACK: Well, that’s a bit of a bizarre fact to include on anything other than a town’s history page on its official website.


SAY WHAT?: “I look like this because I have years of Clint Bowyer’s inane jokes to look forward to.”


RATING: 3 pace laps out of 10




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NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1991: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years



Bobby Hamilton
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.

1991

Winner: Bobby Hamilton (Tri-Star).  Runners Up: Ted Musgrave (US), Stanley Smith (Stanley Smith), Wally Dallenbach Jr. (Donlavey).  Aborted Attempts: Jeff Purvis, Sammy Swindell, Rich Bickle, Dave Mader III, Dorsey Schroeder

How their careers turned out: Bobby Hamilton (better known now as Bobby Hamilton Sr.) had a very good career, winning in all three national touring series and posting a Truck Series championship in 2004.  Beyond him its rather slim pickings, with a guy famous for not going for the win (Musgrave), a guy famous for crashing (Smith), and a guy famous for mentioning he raced whilst wearing his wife’s underwear (Dallenbach).

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: Bobby Hamilton’s first Cup win was the first win for the 43 car in over twelve years, which is something else we can partially blame on Wally Dallenbach Jr.

Ranking: #28 out of 50



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