IN THE DRAFT: Jeff Gordon Day proved telling

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

I was going to use "ironic" or irony in my opening paragraph but it seems as though I am not sure what it really means. Merriam-Webster defines it several different ways and they kind of confuse me, so I am going to stick with what I think it is. If I am wrong, then I'm sorry. If I am right, then I will still be confused. Here we go.

The first definition I found is - a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning also called Socratic irony. I think it is telling me what I think about the Brickyard's outcome is crazy.

Yet, if I had known it had been declared Jeff Gordon Day I would have put Jeff on my fantasy race team. Once that was declared I knew he would win. That is what I call ironic or predictable. It was basically a done deal. How else can one explain why his car was the fastest all day long. The only thing that would get in his way was himself and that was not going to happen either.

I know I am being silly, but this type of setting has happened too often for me to think otherwise. Just last week I talked about how the setup is so important, and I am sure Gordon's team hit it just right, but wasn't it "ironic" they hit it on his day.

Well, congratulations to Jeff and his team. They have won five races in Indianapolis and with him being an Indiana native he is deserving of the accolades. He could well be on his way to championship number five. I just wish NASCAR wasn't so obvious about its desires.

More congratulations and more irony are in order. Congrats to Trevor Bayne. Beginning next year he will have a full time ride with Jack Roush. That's great for Trevor, but losing Carl Edwards is not good. I understand Carl's decision. It seems like the Fords at Roush-Fenway have lost that edge they used to have. I have mentioned it several times and it came to fruition. I suppose we will see him in a Toyota next year.

How did Bayne celebrate the news? He wrecked! I guess the excitement got the best of him. It must have been the thrill of being on the same team with Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse. To be honest those names don't intimidate any driver out there. Neither of them have been a threat at any time this season. Unless one of them gets lucky and wins a race, Edwards will be the only Roush car in the Chase. I hope he gives it his best shot.

Now of course we could find Carl in a Stewart-Haas car next year. I don't know how long I would keep Danica Patrick around. Yeah she sells merchandise, but her luck is about as bad as her ability to drive a stock car. Maybe Juan Pablo Montoya told her how great it was to be back in an Indy car? Maybe she listened? We will see!

It's back to Pocono and according to the weather forecast I may watch the race live. They are calling for a chance of rain this weekend so I won't be playing golf. Regardless I will be back next week. See you after Pocono!