NASCAR Noise With Jonathan Merryman
The Green Flag:
No matter what Series you run in, who owns your team, or the level of talent you possess, one of the fundamentals you need in order to turn laps in NASCAR is money. Knowing this, I still find it hard to believe that last year's Daytona 500 Champion, the latest Nationwide Series winner at Texas, and the driver that currently sits 4th in the Nationwide Series points standings, won't have an opportunity to race this weekend.
Roush Fenway Racing has decided to park Trevor Bayne this weekend at Texas because they couldn't find a sponsor. I'll be the first to admit I don't know what it would cost to field an unsponsored car or what financial risks are taken when a team decides to do so, but parking one of the series' best young talents at a track where he has run well in the past and won last fall doesn't make much sense to me.
However there is some hope for fans of the Nationwide Series young gun, Bayne will race Saturday in the Sprint Cup Series in the Wood Brothers Ford.
The Pit Stop:
The NASCAR Hall Of Fame has released the list of drivers that have been nominated for consideration in to the 2013 Hall Of Fame class. One of the drivers on that list is Danville's Wendell Scott. I consider Scott to be a forgotten pioneer in the sport. The man who got his start running from the cops, hauling illegal liquor, and the first and only black driver to ever win in NASCAR's top series is truly a hero in his own right. I personally think he deserves to be in the Hall with the other greats that truly fueled the sport in its infancy.
Another name that has landed on the ballot is Stuart, VA native Lenard Wood. The Wood Brothers who have won several Daytona 500s and are credited with revolutionizing the pit stop, look to ad Lenard's name to the Hall, joining his brother Glen who was voted in with the 2012 class.
The Finish Line:
For my picks for this weekend's racing at Texas I'm going with Roush Fenway. Carl Edwards picks up his first win in the Sprint Cup Series, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will take the checkered in the Nationwide Series. On the truck side, I think Ty Dillon will pick up his first win in the series at Rockingham.