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Can Martin Deliver for Gibbs at Martinsville?

Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 will bring to an end the first bye week of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and it could not have come a moment too soon.  Typically, a race at Fontana prior to a bye week would simply aid in lulling me into hibernation mode for the off weekend. 

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Current and Former JGR Drivers Hold Smackdown Clinic at Fontana

The Sprint Cup races in Fontana, California used to be near the top of my yawn list.  Another cookie cutter track, very little action, and so on and so on.  But Sunday’s Auto Club 500 was a different beast.  As a matter of fact, it proved itself to be Fontana’s coming out party as a race track that had reached peak seasoning. 

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Hamlin’s Fire Raises NASCAR’s Ire

Apparently it costs exactly $25,000 to have Brian France’s hand surgically removed from your ass.  Or at least that’s what it cost Denny Hamlin when he made the decision to go from being NASCAR’s Sprint Cup puppet to speaking his mind about the new ‘Gen 6’ Sprint Cup car. 

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The New 'Dude' of Sprint Cup

Folks, I have seen the future of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it is….well, not much different than years past.  If it gives you any comfort though, this doesn’t mean that it will be any less exciting.  We’re only a month into the schedule, and already we have controversial fines, unexpected setbacks for champion drivers, and some genuine juvenile sniping to go along with it. 

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My Pledge to LastCowboys Readers

Welcome to the newly re-animated LastCowboys.com! Or if you happen to have been a former devotee, then welcome back! It’s been several years now since I last waxed racing, and I’m chomping at the bit to begin shoveling out the news, updates and (as always) opinions once again.

 

Now that I have all three of you here, I’d like to take this opportunity to make a solemn pledge to all of you diehard NASCAR fans out there. First and foremost, I pledge never to devote any space on this blog to talking about Danica Patrick’s personal life. It has nothing to do with racing. Further, I pledge to keep the filter turned off when it comes to my opinion about the goings on in NASCAR. I don’t get paid to do this, and I harbor no superfan-like feelings for any particular driver. No bias. No slant. And that opinion filter I mentioned? Hell, I lost that thing about 10 years ago. I’m just going to chew it up and spit it back out to you like a momma (er, daddy) bird.

 

Lots of things have changed out here in the vast cyberscape, and I’m confident that many of them will benefit all of us. For one, we plan to have some extra, fun (and hopefully extra fun without the comma!) stuff on our Facebook page for all of you, so be sure to visit us there at our home away from home. You can also hook up with us via Google+ and at Twitter, where I’ll be both enlightening and offending 140 characters at a time. That’s right, it’s going to be like the Tron version of NASCAR fan blogs….minus those cool motorcycle things and the illuminated spandex outfits. Trust me, you don’t want to see me in spandex, and I sure as hell wouldn’t add lights to it to draw even more attention to myself. After all, I can get that kind of attention with my big mouth, no?

 

As bandwagon loving as this may sound, I’m stoked for the 2013 Sprint Cup season. We have the new ‘Gen 6’ car, which has thankfully taken us from the Angelina Jolie version to something more along the lines of Sofia Vergara or Jennifer Lawrence. It’s new, has some more personality and way more curves. We’ve got Fords in the Penske stable again, which is interesting not just because of the manufacturer change, but also because their anchor Brad Keselowski just won the 2012 Cup championship in a Dodge. The change, of course, was by necessity, as Dodge decided to put the Cup iteration of the Charger out to pasture. It’s just as well though. Aside from a quick, bright burn from Ray Evernham’s flagship team and the recent success of Penske’s program, Dodge’s return to the sport moved further and further away from the glory of the Richard Petty era and became something more like the hype surrounding the Y2K phenomenon….much ado about nothing.

 

All of the above (even the new Cup car) is already old news though, and there are many more newsworthy happenings yet to come. Still, any red blooded NASCAR fan will tell you that history is very important, and I can assure you that none of that will be overlooked as you and I give this LastCowboys thing another shot. A NASCAR fan without a sense of history, whether it’s the previous weekend or the previous century, is like a baseball fan with no stats in their melon.

 

As always, I would love to hear from you out there in the ether. Comments, compliments and opinions are most welcome. Insults not so much, but if it saves you from taking it out on your dog, then please let me be your virtual punching bag. Just don’t physically hit me because I’m not a fighter….and I’m sure I’d bruise like a ripe banana.

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