Hot Day In Omaha, Cold Day In Hell, Earnhardt Jr. Wins
You heard it first on TRODT. On Saturday I predicted Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and for once I guessed right. No, it was NOT the “even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once in awhile” theory. Earnhardt has had a top ten car in almost every race this season. He might have won last week in Pocono if he had not been forced to pit late for fuel. And, his last win came in Michigan. Everything seemed right for the driver of the 88 car to end his long winless streak, so of course I picked him and hoped I didn’t jinx his chances.
I am sure Junior fans went nutty over the victory, but I was in Omaha at the College World Series watching Florida State romp over underdog Stoney Brook and getting sun burned too. The tickets were my Father’s Day present from Matt. I may have to hand over my “King of Logistics” crown to my son. Not only did he get great tickets, but somehow managed to get a reserved parking spot less than two blocks from our seat.
T.D. Ameritrade Park is actually nicer than it appears on TV, but one of the architects who designed it must have attended the Steve Pederson school of stadium building-Pederson was the A.D. at NU when an addition was built to the north grandstands at Memorial Stadium, and nice ramps were removed and replaced by dozens of steps. It takes a climb of 31 steps just to go from street level to the concourse at T.D. Ameritrade Park and my left knee complains from step one. That was my only complaint though, and my son was a wonderful host. However, Haymarket Park in Lincoln remains my favorite.
We did have one scare at the park. Well, not us actually. A line drive foul was hit into the section where Craig Kelley sits. Matt was worried for Craig, but I told him that it was the 4th inning of a rout and Craig had probably left already for The Blatt, just across the street from the ball park.
Another “Junior” cooled down on the UMP Hell Tour last night. Billy Moyer Jr. had won 3 of the first 4 tour events, but ended 12th at Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin after finishing 6th in his heat, 3rd in the B feature, and starting 19th in the A Feature. Ryan Unzicker won the feature, followed by Wendell Wallace, Shannon Babb, and Brian Birkhofer. Series drivers have tonight off before racing Tuesday through Saturday at five different tracks in Illinois, and Sunday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa,Michigan.
26 late models signed in for the SLMR race at Riviera Raceway in Norfolk, Nebraska on Saturday night. According to an SLMR source it was one of the better SLMR events, with Kyle Berck winning, followed by Justin Zeitner, Mike Marushak, and Travis Dickes. This series is great for tracks like Riviera and US 30 Speedway that don’t have super late models on a regular basis. They are drawing full fields everywhere they go this year, and that is a plus for smaller tracks too.
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