Del Jr. hates flying, Helio races the Daytona 500 and Elliott will never age

So far as TV-watching holidays go, I believe it’s best to make Father’s Day stand out checklist, proper?

Thanksgiving is your first apparent quantity, adopted by New Years and Christmas (sure, in that order), and Most likely A bit of little bit of Memorial Day (undoubtedly for racing followers) blended in.

However, coming from somebody who simply watched 4 hours of protection of the final spherical of the US Open on Sunday… Father’s Day belongs completely within the dialog.

Which brings me to my level (sure, we’re lastly right here!): would possibly I choose one other weekend in the summertime to offer the fellows the trophy?

I missed the race. You missed. Heck, even the Grail guys (kind of) could not keep away!

“Having the ability to are available right here and watch is enjoyable,” Chase Elliott advised Matt Weaver of Racing America after he took a visit from Dawsonville to Pensacola to observe Father Invoice run the inaugural SRX Sequence on Saturday night time.

“You do not at all times get these alternatives and weekends are normally busy, so I recognize that. I wish to see him do effectively and he enjoys this.”

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Ryan Newman is again in racing, and eventually having enjoyable

No race for the cup, no downside. Tony Stewart, Ray Evernham, Invoice Elliott, Helio Castroneves, Michael Waltrip, and…Ryan Newman! …they had been right here to save lots of us final weekend.

sure. Stewart’s second season of the Celebrity Racing Expertise went inexperienced on Saturday, giving us our annual dose (effectively, at the least since final 12 months) of summer time nostalgia.

Chase was in attendance to observe his father, who completed ninth out of 15 drivers in the principle occasion.

Aspect observe: Superior Invoice is now 66 years outdated and simply raced a summer time race in Florida. For these questioning, there was virtually a warning of warmth statewide in these elements of the weekend.

Anyway… Mickey Waltrip introduced within the butt, Stewart — final summer time’s champion — completed tenth, Bobby Labonte completed fifth, and Rocketman Ryan Newman completed third.

How’s that for the leaderboards!?

“In any case I have been within the 12 months, or the final 12 months and a half, with vehicles that are not very enjoyable to drive – to illustrate it that means – to get out right here as fully-equipped as attainable and have some enjoyable,” stated Newman, who final received a cup race at 12 months 2017.

“These guys are the perfect of the perfect.”

Helio Castroneves makes his solution to SRX racing

Talking of that…

Helio!

The four-time Indy 500 champion received the season opener in dominant trend though he wasn’t within the unique beginning lineup!

That is right. Helio drove his solution to Pensacola, bought a automobile, superior to the principle occasion after which received the entire horrible factor.

“I purchased my very own ticket, I bought every thing able to go, and once I was on the aircraft I requested Ashley (SRX operations supervisor) what time I must be on the observe, she was like, ‘Oh, I am not alleged to be right here,’ he stated. Castroneves Weaver.

“I used to be like, ‘I am already on the aircraft,'” she stated, ‘Wait.’ I landed, it is like, ‘I’ve bought a automobile for you and every thing else.’ So impulsively I bought right here and everybody was like, ‘What are you doing right here?’

Will Helio Castroneves run the Daytona 500? ‘do it’

So, let’s convey this again to the trophy collection (sure, there was some extent to all that wanderlust!).

Helio’s win in Pensacola allegedly meant the enduring rider additionally cemented his run for the…Daytona 500.

sure. Daytona 500!

Based on Castroneves, SRX CEO Don Hawke guess him pre-season that if he wins a race, Hawk will get the February Daytona 500 Cup Sequence automobile.

“I used to be like a ‘deal,’” Helio stated of the present. “Now, he has to make it occur on his finish.”

No, Castroneves has by no means raced in NASCAR. Nonetheless, I’ve heard that some guys known as Foyt and Andretti – fellow Indy 500 winners – have had success at Daytona, although.

Possibly he is doing effectively!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says business flights are ‘wild (expletive)’

For these questioning (and I extremely advocate tuning the principle occasion at the least), the SRX heads to South Boston on Saturday for its second race of the season.

As for the Trophy buddies, they’re again in motion in Nashville after a much-needed Sunday break.

And sure, the oldsters at NBC can have the process for the remainder of the best way. Which means we’re bringing Dale Jr. In our residing rooms for the subsequent 4 months, and whereas I will at all times desire Mike Pleasure (Go Emerson!), Rick Allen is not shabby both.

Talking of Junior… on our means out, let’s do our weekly scan of his Twitter to see if something fascinating is occurring.

“The man flying on a business flight this week was (expletive) wild,” Junior tweeted over the weekend. “It was like they had been difficult me to resolve a posh puzzle with a bit bit of selecting your personal journey. The nice occasions.”

Look, just like the outdated baseball coach used to say… All of us costume the identical means.