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Saturday, May 14, 2005

First at Last!

After six second place finishes, 2004 Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway tonight after earning the Bud Pole and leading 242 laps. Tonight's race featured the same kind of late oil slick accident that removed Kahne from last year's race at Dover after positioning himself to win.

As recent converts to NASCAR fandom, our household picked him as our driver last year. My wife fell in love with him after the 2004 Daytona 500, where he crashed and later looked very pale in an interview at his trailer. He's suffered all kinds of tough luck last year and this year, which proves highly compatible with following the Chicago Cubs.

Posted by GiromiDe @ 10:51 PM
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At Mon May 16, 07:25:00 AM CDT, Blogger l-dub wrote...

You raise good points...but I just like him because he's cute.

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At Mon May 16, 11:51:00 AM CDT, Blogger GiromiDe wrote...

There's no doubting he's attractive -- so attractive that I think he'll add to the fanbase significant numbers of preteen and teenage girls and young women. The first episode of Nascar 360 demonstrated his popularity among the non-Y-chromosome set. His trailer was bombarded with a mob of fans while Kyle Busch, last year's champion who's only two years older than Kahne, saw a meager line. (Granted, Busch built a bad reputation in his early career he has since tried to shake.)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has brought in a new generation of fans, but he hasn't the broader appeal of Kahne, whose twangless voice, quiet charm, and good boy, tough luck reputation is only good for NASCAR's continued growth in popularity.

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At Mon May 16, 01:41:00 PM CDT, Blogger l-dub wrote...

I am surprised that Kyle Busch had a line at all...he's fishbelly white and has no chin. Plus, he tried to pull off the bad boy act that Tony Stewart does so well...and failed miserably.

Now, Junior, that's a whole different story...he reminds me of the mobster weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And why is he taking high school girls to the prom? (RE: that bizarre Enterprise Car Rental commercial.)

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At Mon May 16, 10:48:00 PM CDT, Blogger GiromiDe wrote...

Crap! I meant Kurt Busch, and I think you meant Kurt Busch, too.

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At Tue May 17, 11:48:00 AM CDT, Blogger l-dub wrote...

Well, both Kyle and Kurt fell from the same Ugly Tree - but the younger one is not quite as ugly as the older one...

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