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Crystal Ball Predictions For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase – Final Four Drivers Revealed! FREE!!!!

The Chase Top 4

It’s time to gaze into our crystal ball and reveal who the final four drivers will be battling it out for the NASCAR Championship at Homestead in November. ( Yes, I have a crystal ball – I won it at the fair. It’s amazing the cool things you can acquire by knowing how much a pig weighs. . . )

If we were seeding the drivers, and we are, the top 4 would look like this:

1. Jeff Gordon. Yes, 57-year-old Jeff Gordon. All the bad luck he’s had the last few years, all the close calls seem to have gone away for now. Oh ya, he can still drive like hell too. He might even be able to do re-starts now. Gordon has had the sustained consistency this year that leads you to believe he can get another Championship. He is strong on the mile-and-a-halfs. He knows a thing or two about Talladega. He’s got Hendrick power. It’s hard to find any reason right now not to make Gordon a top pick. If you want to see what kind of momentum Gordon has going right now following a great run at Richmond, see what he does at Chicago this weekend. Since 2012 the joint at Joliet hasn’t been all that great for him. If he post a top-ten or better yet a top-five; you know he’s for real.

Jeff Gordon likes to win these things. He may get another. We assume he will have a different haircut this time. Maybe.

Jeff Gordon likes to win these things. He may get another. We assume he will have a different haircut this time. Maybe.

2.Brad Keselowski. “New” manufacturer, same beer. Same great talent. Taste great and he’s filling up his trophy case again this year. Keselowski and crew took a year off from the Chase figuring out the Blue Oval. They’ve got it figured out. I still think what happened last Spring at Texas also played a huge role in their down season last year. They just never recovered from the suspensions and suspicions. Now Keselowski isn’t just winning races, he’s blowing out the field. Chicago is a great track for him recently with a win and a top ten there since 2012. Penske Power has been the only thing to rival Hendrick this year and we give a slight edge to Keselowski over Joey Logano simply from the been-there, done-that aspect. Heck, Logano is still getting used to doing burnouts at the Cup level. He will factor in the Chase, but not make the top four.

3.Matt Kenseth. Why not? Why not have a winless-Kenseth show up at Homestead and crash the new format’s party and scare the hell out of Brian France that a winless driver will win under the latest incarnation of NASCAR’s play-offs. Think it can’t happen. Go back and look at why we have a Chase format at all. Mr. Consistency can get this done. If I had any guts at all I’d pick him to win this year without winning a race, but I’m gutless. That and I want to see Gordon win just to see if he goes John Elway and rides into the sunset with a trophy and a Miss Sprint Cup girl awkwardly smiling and waving. Kenseth is stellar on the types of tracks in the Chase. His personality is perfect for the format I think, never getting too high nor low. For the 20 car, it would also be some vindication for Joe Gibbs Racing that they haven’t been passed up by Hendrick and Penske.

4.Dale Earnhardt Jr. Maybe he’s lost a little steam lately, maybe not. It depends on who you ask. The consistency has been there though for this season and he’s run well at tracks he normally struggles a bit at. Chicago has been feast or famine lately for Jr. with an 8th place finish and a 35th landing spot, so this weekend could be telling. A little big like Gordon, if you want to know what the Chase may look like, a solid top ten run for Jr. would be a really good sign. Two months ago I might have had Jr. in the second spot. Now, it’s good enough to be in the top four I think for him. The story line of Steve Letarte leaving after the season will only grow each week, putting the team under the microscope even more than they already always are. If things are good, it’ll be a story and if things aren’t it will be the cheap media fodder to explain why. How they handle that may be the biggest hurdle other the other four guys I just mentioned.

So, the crystal ball is starting to cloud up a bit. It does that after a few beers sometimes. It likes the big ones. Keselowski-style. Of course Keselowski gives a better interview after that than my crystal ball does. It mainly just wants to sit on the table and gripe about why NASCAR won’t run more mid-week races. It’s a weird ball.

Well, those are my picks. Who do y’all put in your top four. I’m interested to hear from you. If you get a chance, listen to me and Nick DeGroot some Monday night from 6-8 Central on That Dang Ol Show. You can get it online. I hear it makes you be able to accurately guess the weight of hogs and win stuff. Then again, maybe that’s just urban legend. Sorta like Rutledge Wood’s hair. . .

Hyatt

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Auto Racing, Cars, NASCAR

 

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Back With A Massive Show – Hogg Maulies, Kevin Fowler, Fox Sports 1’s John Roberts and Y’all

After taking Labor Day off, we are back with a massive show tonight at six central on The Red Dirt Rebel!

From Texas Country Music to NASCAR, The Southern Cultural Index to cold beer and bbq, we’ve got something for everyone tonight.

Scott Fitzgerald starts it off tonight with his legendary 5-Beer Breakdown of our two songs featured in our Battle Segment. The Hogg Maulies “My Town” squares off against Kevin Fowler’s “Panhandle Poor Boy”. I really dig both songs, they speak to where we come from out here. So, two go in and one comes out. Who you gonna vote for tonight?

Hogg Maulies doing what Hogg Maulies do.

Hogg Maulies doing what Hogg Maulies do.

Nick DeGroot from Motorsport.com will be along to recap Brad Keselowski’s dominance at Richmond and the Chase for NASCAR’s Championship. Who y’all got?

After that we welcome back Fox Sports 1’s John Roberts to get his take on NASCAR’s play-offs and what the biggest storylines will be going forward.

Gregg Fort from Chicken Fried Buffalo.com will round out the show with his thoughts on everything from food to Tony Romo, finding Texas Music in Buffalo, New York and maybe, just maybe ham.

The rest of the show belongs to you, just like every week. Our lines are open so jump on The Domino’s Hot Line at 806-712-1053 and get your thoughts in! As always you can listen to the Red Dirt Rebel via the website www.thereddirtrebel.com . You also need to get the very cool app for your smart phone where you can chat live with the DJ’s ( and us ) see our play-list and keep up with everything Texas Country and more. So, we’ll see ya tonight, on the radio.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Auto Racing, Beer, Food, NASCAR, Texas Music

 

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Dang Ol’ Show Time – Let’s Talk Texas Country Music, NASCAR, BBQ & Beer

Glad it’s Monday!

Yep, glad it’s the start of another week. That means I get to hang out with y’all on The Red Dirt Rebel from 6-8 P.M. Central and talk racing, Texas Country Music, BBQ, beer and anything else we feel like kicking around for a while.

Tonight we’ll get it started taking your calls on two great new songs in our weekly Battle Segment. Two go in, one comes out. The Dix Hat Band is making noise with “In And Out” so will pit them against Dalton Domino’s “Killing Floor”. We’ve got two local favorites here that are quickly gaining notice around Texas and beyond so let’s see which song you’re grooving on right now.

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To help you along, Scott Fitzgerald will join us with his now-legendary 5 Beer Breakdown analyzing both songs. Who gets the beer tonight?

We’ll also visit with Director of Marketing for Texas Motor Speedway, Jaime Carlin, and get the low-down on what “No-Limit, Texas” means. It is basically the coolest town in Texas. Find out why tonight.

Nick DeGroot from Motorsport.com will be along with his Green-White-Checker segment as we recap the NASCAR weekend at Michigan that say Jeff Gordon get his third win of the year. Heaven help me, I may actually be rooting for Gordon to win another championship. If he did, would he retire? We will also discuss Tony Stewart’s immediate future. Will he be back in the #14 again this year?

Gregg Fort from Chicken Fried Buffalo.com returns to talk BBQ, Beer and the Cayman Islands with us after a vacation that saw no international incidents or violations of law.

All of that plus our weekly Southern Cultural Index Question, which let’s you jump on the Domino’s Hot Line and sound-off. Dial us up at 806-712-1053. We love hearing from y’all whether you’re in Lubbock or listening online via the Red Dirt Rebel’s very cool app that allows you to chat with us in the studio live.

See y’all on the radio tonight.

Hyatt

 

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William Clark Green and Josh Abbott – Hanging Around

William Clark Green‘s got himself a number one hit with “Hanging Around”

Josh Abbott is hoping his “Hangin Around” does the same thing, minus a “G” ( When you’re as big as Abbott you don’t need to use all the letters in a word any more! )

No word if this is actually how William Clark Green hangs around. We can confirm he is not an actual Rose Queen.

No word if this is actually how William Clark Green hangs around. We can confirm he is not an actual Rose Queen.

We talked about both songs this week on the show as Scott Fitzgerald dropped in for his now legendary “5 Beer Breakdown”. Give it a listen and tell us which song you dig.

It goes without saying you can hear WCG and Josh Abbott a lot on The Red Dirt Rebel. As it should be…

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Texas, Texas Music

 

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NASCAR Author/All Around Good Guy Monte Dutton Talks About Covering Tony Stewart & Much More

He wrote a book with Tony Stewart.

He covered NASCAR for years.

Monte Dutton knows what he’s talking about.

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Always enjoy having him on the show. Give this a listen you might learn a few things you didn’t know.

From motorsports to music, to some great fiction writing and good old-fashioned common sense, Dutton is a guy you need to pay attention to. Or not. Just ask him.

Hyatt

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Music, NASCAR, Texas Music

 

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Album Review – Sunny Sweeney’s “Provoked”

Ryan Hyatt Media:

With Sweeney’s “Bad Girl Phase” rocketing up the Texas Radio Charts, here’s a good look at her new album. We love this kid! Of course you can hear her music on The Red Dirt Rebel, 105.3 FM here in Lubbock. Be sure and get the smart phone app and listen anywhere! Be sure and follow here on Twitter, @GettinSweenered . By the way, y’all need to follow Country Perspective’s blog as well. Very well done.

Originally posted on Country Perspective:

The story of Sunny Sweeney is intriguing. As I’ve talked about before about Sweeney on the site, she was once signed to label deals with Republic Nashville and Big Machine Records. She had a top ten hit with “From a Table Away,” and two other singles that charted on the top 40 of the Billboard Country chart. In 2013 she was nominated for an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist. Then Big Machine and Sweeney parted ways. She’s one of the many casualties of Nashville politics and other bullshit they pull behind the scenes on Music Row. If I was Sweeney my reaction to this would be pissed off and determined to prove them all wrong. And that’s exactly how Sweeney responds with her new album Provoked. Prepare yourselves when listening to this album because Sweeney comes out two guns blazing from start to finish.

The Best Songs…

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in NASCAR

 

Death, Sadness, and YouTube

Death, Sadness, and YouTube

Ryan Hyatt Media:

Powerful. I wish I had an easy answer. Read this and see if it doesn’t resonate with you. . .

Originally posted on Babies, Beer, and BBQ:

Did you watch a man die lately?

I clicked on the Tony Stewart crash video from Saturday night that would show me the final moments of Kevin Ward Jr’s life.  The YouTube Ad showed that I had 30 seconds before the video started.  As the time clicked away and I got closer to the start of the video, I thought to myself should I really be watching this?  My answer was no, I do not want to see another man’s death  and I clicked the X in the top right corner of my browser window.   I feel better about myself for a moment, but began to worry about why myself and so many other felt it was important to watch such a horrible scene.

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Millions of people have watched Kevin Ward Jr. die on the internet since it was originally posted and I am struggling with the why I…

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in NASCAR

 
 
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