[media-credit id=41 align=”alignright” width=”280″][/media-credit]Yes, after weeks on the outside, a top ten finish at Las Vegas has returned the prodigal son back into our midst, as Dale Earnhardt Jr is again among our top 20. Sure, he is close to the bottom rung of that ladder, but he is hotter than Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton. As for Bristol, he did win there seven years ago and has been in the Top 10 more than half of the times he has run there. See, I am a “glass half full” kind of guy.
Jimmie Johnson remains in front with Denny Hamlin still watching his exhaust, but now by just a point. Juan Pablo Montoya is our biggest mover, jumping up nine spots after finishing third in Las Vegas. Biffle dropped eight as his team continues to search for the instructions as to how to gas up a car. Gordon did the same after a good day when boom, leaving him with a lousy 9 points for his efforts.
Who will do well in Las Vegas? Well, over the past nine years some guy by the same of Busch has claimed the prize half of the time they have run there. As March 20th as my pop’s 78th birthday, maybe it is time for another family gathering to watch the action from Thunder Valley…and have some cake.
Meanwhile, here is a look at our hot 20 over the past 10 events…
1 (1) Jimmie Johnson – 365 pts
I wonder who won last winter at Bristol?
2 (3) Denny Hamlin – 364 pts
Getting tired watching Johnson’s behind.
3 (2) Kevin Harvick – 348 pts
If Harvick met the Turtles, would they be Happy together?
4 (4) Mark Martin – 344 pts
Needed a lot more flat tires out there to win on Sunday.
5 (5) Carl Edwards – 331 pts
Probably the hottest driver over the past five.
6 (6) Tony Stewart – 313 pts
Got hosed at Las Vegas
7 (7) Matt Kenseth – 306 pts
Apparently thought Trevor to be a Bayne in the…
8 (17) Juan Pablo Montoya – 291 pts
Remember when NASCAR had no Juan to call its own?
9 (10) Ryan Newman – 289 pts
Doesn’t like short people. Oh, sorry, that was Randy Newman.
10 (8) Joey Logano – 289 pts
Tired of Ambrose calling him joey, then giggling like a little girl.
11 (9) A.J. Allmendinger – 278 pts
When it comes to signing autographs, wishes he was Mel Ott.
12 (11) Paul Menard – 276 pts
All my dad bought me was a ‘67 Chevy…and I wrecked it.
13 (16) Kurt Busch – 275 pts
You can call him Five Time…at Bristol.
14 (19) Martin Truex Jr – 273 pts
Starting to show his true(x) colors.
15 (21) Kasey Kahne – 266 pts
The rahne in Spahne falls mahnly on the plahne.
16 (18) Clint Bowyer – 263 pts
Is Wheaties Fuel put out by General Mills or Sonoco?
17 (13) Kyle Busch – 256 pts
Turned on the afterburners…and afterwards he burned up.
18 (15) Jamie McMurray – 254 pts
Oh, Jamie Mack, when are you coming back?
19 (23) Dale Earnhardt Jr – 246 pts
Yes, Virginia, there is a Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 (12) Greg Biffle – 243 pts
Has some thoughts as to where a gas can should be shoved.