Ahem… does this factor work? Can everybody hear me? sure? properly good. For the primary time in 2023, it is formally NASCAR Race Week!
Buckle up, buckle up, pull these tight belts once more (shout out to Larry Mac), as a result of we’re lower than every week away from the precise inexperienced flag.
Sure, it is in LA when it ought to be in Daytona – there is a cause folks go away California for Florida, you already know – however we’ll let that slide right here. You do not need to lighten the temper on our first race week of the yr.
The vacation season is over, girls and boys. Properly, technically there’s nonetheless yet another off week earlier than the Daytona 500, however that is simply silly semantics. We did it. quantity Extra wedding ceremony pictures, relationship updates, and energy couple rankings … none of this!
I am simply kidding. We nonetheless have numerous it this week, as a result of there was some main motion on that entrance, beginning with the gorgeous NASCAR breakup between Martin Truex Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex.
Extra on this in a minute.
Elsewhere, Hayley Deegan Daytona crush Together with a pair of rising star pairs, the NASCAR world, Chase Elliott and Hooters are a match made in heaven, Jeff Gordon drove their boys on a visit to New York Metropolis, Denny Hamlin thinks Jimmie Johnson is in hassle and a lot extra.
It is a candy potato day, people.
4 tires and no matter Sunoco gas you have got left, as a result of we have now to make use of the remainder in the present day. Monday Morning Cease – Offseason Launch “Breakups & Breakdancing” – Stay!
Martin Truex Jr., Sherry Pollix rock the NASCAR world
Properly, let’s begin with the unhappy information earlier than placing this pup on excessive alert.
I’ve to be sincere with you… I wasn’t anticipating this. I do not know why, nevertheless it by no means occurred to me that these two would name it a day.
However, as they are saying, life.
merciless. Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Bollix have been within the recreation without end – they’re proper up there with Kyle and Samantha Bush as their NASCAR OGs in an influence couple recreation.
Cheri had battled with most cancers just a few years in the past, after which Truex Jr. received. with the NASCAR Cup title in 2017 and it was a fairy story form of ending. So yeah, this one stunned me.
Powerful scene, however that is the lifetime of a NASCAR driver, I suppose. MTJ is not the primary driver to see the tip of a long run relationship and it will not be the final.
Because the mother and father say, “It is simply one in every of their ‘offers’.”
Harrison Burton wins the Rolex 24 Weekend, ushering within the powerhouse NASCAR dialog between the pair
As we shut the guide on Martin and Sherry, I am joyful to share that we’re opening one other guide on Harrison Burton and his girlfriend, Gina Beattie.
I did not know these two have been a factor till this week, however I am glad we came upon.
Harrison was in Daytona this week for the Rolex 24, and he really received Friday’s race with teammate Zane Smith. Hailie Deegan completed third in the identical race and led just a few laps early.
Anyway, it seems that Harrison’s girlfriend is Gina Petty, who’s at present the captain of the Excessive Level College dance staff and is because of graduate subsequent yr.
These two lovebirds have been additionally within the Bahamas final week to have fun the wedding of Todd and Marissa Gilliland, together with Smith and McCall Goulding.
Speak about Energy Couple USA! The game is in good fingers transferring ahead. We’re within the Burrow-Mahomes-Allen period of NASCAR energy pairs proper now.
It is best to get pleasure from greatness when you’ll be able to.
Chase Elliott returns with Hooters, confirms ward plot
From a younger couple OGs to one of many gold requirements – Chase Elliott.
Clyde was (shockingly!) a part of the NASCAR crew that selected to signify the game final week within the New York Metropolis takeover (extra on that in a second), however that does not imply he did not have time to seize a fast meal and take photos at Hooters.
Elliot The longtime sponsor is again once more for 2023 — once more, shockingly — and the 2 really revealed their new paint scheme this week.
In the event you keep in mind, we began this season with some severe controversy when one Chase Elliott was accused by Ryan Blaney of consuming Hooters wings with a fork, which Chase I shut down shortly earlier than issues get out of hand.
Anyway, appears like we have discovered the smoking gun. And sadly for Chase (however not OJ!), the gauntlet suits.
Jeff Gordon and Ryan Blaney signify NASCAR in New York Metropolis
Let’s skip from wings to apples, and take a look at Jeff Gordon—it’s totally clear that NASCAR is gearing as much as be its subsequent spokesperson.
Properly, I suppose “subsequent” is not proper, as a result of Gordon I used to be NASCAR – together with Dale Sr. — for years within the 90’s and early 2000’s. So, I suppose that is his second season?
I do not know. However I do know that the 51-year-old was throughout New York Metropolis final week selling the game’s seventy fifth Anniversary season. And in every single place, I imply it was on Wall Road, on the TODAY Present, on Sirius XM and on Jimmy Fallon.
So, yeah… NASCAR goes again to Jeff Gordon’s properly this season.
Anyway, Gordon dropped some A lot wanted fact bombs On Fallon about driving etiquette, I would really like all our Florida readers to concentrate right here.
Spot on gif. Communicate like a real Corridor of Famer and four-time champion. Nothing annoys me greater than idiots driving 75 mph within the left lane on 95.
If it was socially acceptable I’d have put their asses within the fence so shortly that even when Dale Sr. had gone again to his prime he would have been pleased with him.
Anyway, listed below are among the finest moments from NASCAR’s NYC takeover final week, together with Daniel Suarez ringing the NYSE bell.
You did not see that coming, proper?!
Denny Hamlin thinks Jimmie Johnson may stink this yr
Lastly, on our means out…
Appears to be like like Denny Hamlin can be getting his personal podcast, which is ready to start out early subsequent month. He is doing so in affiliation with Dale Jr.’s Soiled Mo Media. dangerous acts.
Pay attention, I do know Denny is deeply divisive within the sport, however I believe that is one thing he ought to hear to each week. I used to hate Denny Hamlin—severely, after the Chase incident in Martinsville just a few years in the past, I completely swore at him—however now I am getting on with it.
Anyone who says precisely what he thinks and does not name common sense on us is ok with my guide—and this column—which is why Hamlin and Kyle Bush are organized right here.
Talking of their opinions… Denny, what do you consider Jimmy Johnson’s comeback this yr?!
He mentioned, “I hate to sully what I take into consideration him if he comes into battle, which is the most definitely state of affairs.”
By the best way Hamlin is just not flawed.
Let’s be sincere guys. Did not Jimmy Johnson set the world on fireplace on the finish of his full-time profession, and now he is again after two years off, with a fair worse staff and a brand new automobile?
Sure, that may be superior!
Tara Allmendinger scores massive within the swimsuit competitors
On our means out, Half 2!
We could not name it a day with out congratulating AJ Alleminger’s spouse Tara on a giant displaying on the Miss USA Earth Pageant earlier this month!
By the best way, Tara and AJ are one other OG couple, however that goes with out saying.
Put these targets on paper, guys. In the event you take something from in the present day’s column, that is it.
Properly, that is it. Welcome to the primary race week of 2023. Let’s go kick some LA Coliseum and placed on a great present for the world, people.
Take us residence, Larry Mac!