I’ve been out all day and missed the Nationwide race, I’m helping my sister move into college.That’s not what I’m pissed about, I knew I was going to miss it.
Anywho, I get back to the hotel room and see a bit during Sportscenter about the race. I missed the recap, but I came in just in time for a 5 minute piece on Danica Patrick’s day. Basically it was the same bullshit we hear every time she runs a race about how she learned a lot and had a solid day. She finished 24th.
Meanwhile, Alex Tagliani finishes second. Second. What about him learning? Where’s his learning curve? This was his third career start in the Nationwide Series (to Danica’s 19th start).
I can’t stand the media (especially ESPN), they’re so focused on Danica, they don’t see when there’s real talent and a real bit of driving right under their noses. Alex should have had a 5 minute piece on Sportcenter, not Danica. I don’t care if Danica worked her way up to 8th at one point, she killed her brakes doing it and it fucked her in the end. Not much of a learning experience if you ask me, unless you count “Oh I guess I shouldn’t use so much brake that they’re dead at the end of the race next time” as a lesson, because then yes, she did learn something.
Stuff I Saw #BlueJays #Tigers July 1 … ~ Canada Day signs in the hotel windows and Canadian IndyCar star Alex Tagliani throwing out the first pitch. Dickey did not wear his Burger King crown and Thole looks a little disappointed. Maicer shares a LOL with an ump. ~ Reyes showed platano power all while wearing extra support for his ankle. Rajai’s oven mitt was not born of a foam finger. Andy Dirks is a happy guy. Colby wants to know why y'all are yelling so much. ~ Bautista is probably still wearing Dickey’s pants. Probably. Jim Leyland checks to make sure that Kawasaki is playing the game the right way. Here is JPA on base. Yes, I said ON BASE. No Canada Day would be complete without patio lanterns. Have fun peeps!
Friday, Alex Tagliani scored his first Nationwide Series pole in his hometown of Montreal after a lap of 96.688 mph (100.865 seconds).
“I want to dedicate this pole to the fans who come and make this event so special,” said Tagliani, while pointing to the grandstands. “I feel that there was still a tenth or two left in the car. I wanted to do a third flying lap with the tire pressures and temperatures at their best but my crew chief, Trent Owens, wanted me to save fuel so we have one more lap to go in our first stint in the race.”
Sam Hornish Jr. will start along side Tagliani after running a lap of 96.649 mph (100.905 seconds).
“It took me a little bit of time to find my marks on the course but when came the time to qualify, I felt pretty good,” said Hornish, the best qualifier amongst the Nationwide Series regulars. “I made a little mistake in one of the corners of my first lap by riding the curbs a little too much. That probably cost me the pole.)
NAPA Auto Parts 200 Lineup 1. Alex Tagliani 2. Sam Hornish Jr. 3. Jacques Villeneuve 4. Danica Patrick 5. Owen Kelly 6. Michael McDowell 7. Cole Whitt 8. Ron Fellows 9. Billy Johnson 10. Brian Scott 11. Brendan Gaughan 12. Andrew Ranger 13. Patrick Carpentier 14. Eric Curran 15. Justin Allgaier 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17. Elliott Sadler 18. Jason Bowles 19. Austin Dillon 20. Alex Kennedy 21. Brad Sweet 22. Mike Wallace 23. Mike Bliss 24. Chris Cook 25. Jeff Green 26. Jeremy Clements 27. Kyle Kelley 28. Kenny Habul 29. Timmy Hill 30. Blake Koch 31. Daryl Harr 32. Tayler Malsam 33. Michael Annett 34. Erik Darnell 35. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin 36. Tim Andrews 37. John Young 38. Dexter Stacey 39. Tony Raines 40. Chase Miller 41. Eric McClure 42. Derek White 43. Matt DiBenedetto Did Not Qualify Ryan Ellis