Apologies for not getting on here this week. Too much life happening.
But finally ...
Some good news out of Darlington. Car owner Richard Childress announced that he is close to signing driver Kevin Harvick to an extension. Harvick, the points leader going into tonight's race at Darlington, was rumored to be looking at other teams, specifically those who run Chevrolets. So, there had been speculation that he could become the third Stewart-Haas driver joining team owner Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, who drive Chevys. Stewart-Haas essentially uses the Hendrick team's engine and chassis information. So, there had been some speculation that eventually Hendrick would be controlling as many as eight cars. And you know Ford wouldn't stand by and just let that happen, so it wouldn't be out of the question to see Jack Roush do the same thing and you would have two teams controlling 40 percent of the field.
At any rate, it's good to see that Childress and Harvick are likely to stay together. Monopoly would be a bad thing for this sport.
The picks for tonight's race at the track many call too tough tame.
First last week's results: I gave you five guys and three finished in the top five, including the winner.
Denny Hamlin: Ran well for a while, but settled for 11th
Jeff Burton: Was strong all night and finished fourth
Tony Stewart: Was 23rd and needed to stay out an extra lap on a yellow to pick up the five bonus points for leading a race. Not a good sign.
Jeff Gordon: Was second, and really, he's been good all year.
Kyle Busch: The winner. My comment was: He's too good not to contend for the win at Richmond.
This week's picks:
Jeff Gordon: Yes, I'm picking him until he gets a win. The team has been strong all year.
Kevin Harvick: The points leader, has been very consistent and liked that winning feeling two weeks ago.
Carl Edwards: A Ford has got to win a race sometime soon and Edwards loves Darlington.
Joey Logano: A bit of a different pick, but he's a rare young guy who actually likes Darlington.
Jimmie Johnson: I try to avoid picking him every week, but on a difficult and physically demanding track like Darlington, it's impossible not to pick him.
And by the way, don't forget Mother's Day Sunday.