Chassis 556 - qualified 32nd - here we go
Today's Scanner Chatter:
JR really loose off turn 4. In trouble early. Car is a handful!
Jr WAY toooo tight!!! LM 10/4
Radio is pretty much silent today - could be because this track is so tough to drive. The bumps are hard on the body, not to mention our car is running like crap again so it's a physical and mental issue.
Jr - Slide slide push 7 or 8 on a 10 scale, loose off the wall chattering - feels like it's gonna pop out right spring. Heavy right front solid feeling.
Before this caution came out we were two cars from going a lap down.
Pulled a half rubber out of left rear per LM
Jr - First couple laps up top real loose off like flat - trying to hustle up there - like trying to spin out. I was having a harder time than the guys in front of me from center off.
LM How was that Jr better, not quite enough but better. Pitting for 4 tires
Jr Rear grip is ok, front grip is only about 25% better, hurt the front and back, still ok change.
Most everyone staying out, we are pitting. LM one lane, one lane.........watch outside, yelling, always scares me. 82 outside and 12 inside per TJ
We start P28 - did beat the 82 out though.
Air pressure change in right front per LM let me know what you think.
Moved up to P23 pretty quickly.
Jr - Good change, but need a little more.
Jr Too loose in too tight off LM You're catching the 4 ahead of u we;ll keep working on it. (LOL as soon as I say radio is quiet)
Jr Losing rr grip real quick all the way through.
Jr is now a lap down 6 cars in front of him so no chance for lucky dog.
LM jumps on radio to tell him real good lap times.
Jr don't talk to me!!
I'm in the f'ing rhythm I'm too loose I'll tell you that!!!!!
Yep he's mad - to TJ - "I can see them in the mirror I don't need that"
Jr "No grip loose in whole car slides over the rubber patches,"
Jr: I'd like to come in and get some tires if we can do that."
This tire is terrible for this surface the marbles fall off and stick in the groove - he apologized to team for saying don't talk but doesn't feel like hearing it
Too loose on new tires, can't race them - been like that all day!
LM: we're gonna see if this works. A bunch of them stayed??? Jr: yeah
Jr: When we get a caution can I get a pair of clear bubble goggles? I'm sure you can find 'em somewhere.
Visor too dark - I had to laugh when thinking of how he would get those goggles over his helmet and air hose. Plus there would be space between that and his face ? Team probably should have considered the weather and gave him a visor with tear offs. Just my opinion of course.
Thanks for this part Rachel - I tuned out --- After race audio. Was surprised anyone spoke --> Jr: heck of a try trying to get it better. sorry it didn't run any better
LM: there were times when we were as fast as anybody. That caution killed us, we were on pit raod and it came out and killed us. Jr: yeaeahhh
LM: It could have been worse, you were on top of it all day. Gotta get something to hang on a little better. Good at beginning you were bad as anyone just gotta keep working on it.
Jr: yeah it was hard to drive. last run got to landing too hard.
LM 10-4 everyone was busting ass coming off corner. amazing watching those guys all day long.
TJ said they were sliding in other side all day long too.
THE END P 23 (two laps down)
Thoughts: (All I hear is sorry sorry sorry every week)
Do I have any? Yes - but we are in the same sinking ship that we have been in for almost over two years. At this point though we are bailing more water than ever.
I saw Rick Hendrick come into the winners circle to congratulate JJ today. I didn't hear one word of encouragement from him to Jr or the 88 team today over the radio.
I posted in the comment section of the Dover preview blog about how jealous I am of the guys who drive for Mr Childress. He takes no crap from anyone talking badly about his drivers, he shook up the whole organization to fix all his teams and I mean ALL his teams NOT just ONE who he wants to win the championship. At least it seems as though now 3 of 4 teams at HMS are struggling.
None of this makes any sense - it's beyond anyone's imagination that the top of the heap organization called HMS would fall into this abyss having what we have called junk cars, particularly for their new star driver, as he was crowned when they lured him there. I have to think that the mentality regarding Dale Jr when he came to their company still exists. He gets nothing good from them, it's frankly mind boggling to me. How in the world can this man and his other head honchos continue to watch this? Do they not see, hear like McGrew? Do they not care that they have become a laughing stock?
I don't care how great JJ does, they are still the butt of media and fan jokes now. That is because the elephant in the room is roaring and swinging his trunk around and they do nothing but blow a lot of hot air in our ears . Hello...... - Dale Jr does not deserve to be driving junk week in and week out - this is no exaggeration. Where is the money going instead of into computer programs and the cars so they are competitive, not just THE ONE.? Is the new building for the car collection taking up all the money and effort, you know, the one Steve Crisp is heading up.
I still call Dale Jr Superman, because I cannot fathom how he controls himself week in and week out with this load of crap he gets. I have to think last week was an anomaly - one good run in how many races. 60+ ? Except, of course, the plate tracks where Jr can out muscle the pos car and do his thing because he is the man, can still drive, has not forgotten, went into Chase in 04 in P1 for God's sake!
Give the man what he needs, or fix it so he can drive his own equipment out of JRM with his own people that can be trusted to build a great car and with a crew chief who can be competitive as well. The only person Dale can trust at this point to make the right decisions for him is Kelley. Additionally, he has family and friends at JRM who are 100% in his corner, have his back, and would never settle to send car to the track like he's got now. Never!!! They would work 24/7 to fix it and get it right, spare no cost!
Both HMS and Dale Jr need to save themselves from this implosion they call a spoiler problem which is laughable at best. Get over it, that's not the problem. Stop hiring from within and putting people in jobs they can't handle. Spend the money to do it right, or cut yourself down to the ONE DAMN shop that can run well. Kasey Kahne has got to be scared to death when he looks at the results of that second shop. Yes Mark finished 12th, but that is another one of kind thing this year. I wonder about those shocks - just kidding or maybe not.
That's about all I've got - worn out from this.
I just hope Jr isn't going to settle for this, or I am going to get mad at him too. The fans have put years of sweat, love and money into him as their driver. If there is any way possible to fix this, he must do it.
I will end with the fact that Dale won Dover before - so I hope he remembers that and doesn't give up!