NASCAR is once again well represented in the auction world this January

As usually, the NASCAR community will be well represented in the collector car auction world this January in Arizona. Below are some of the cool NASCAR related items that will be going across the auction block at the various auctions around Scottsdale, Arizona in the next few weeks.

1972 Ford Grand Torino Bud Moore #15

This #15 car driven by David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Issac among others. It will be offered at the Russo and Steel Auction. For more info on this car, CLICK HERE

2002 Pontiac Firebird Daytona 500 Pace Car/Parade Car Signed by Dale Jr.

Another Russo and Steele item, this is the last year of production for the Pontiac Firebird. This car was used to haul Dale Earnhardt Jr. around the track during the pre-race festivities. The window sticker is signed by Dale Jr. For more info on this auction, CLICK HERE

Of course as always the real bread and butter of the NASCAR items will be sold at Barrett-Jackson, check them out!

Lot #812 2010 Toyota NASCAR Camry

Lot# 3004 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Race Car

Built and designed by NASCAR Hall Of Fame member Rusty Wallace. This car is sure to fetch a good amount. All proceeds go to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. This car will be sold at approximately 8 pm on Thursday, January 16th.

 

Kyle Busch will be auctioning off two of this cars in Scottsdale at Barrett-Jackson, both his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, Lot #1658 and his 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Lot # 1657.

 

 

Along with all these cars, its a safe bet that the likes of Rick Hendrick and Rey Evernham will be sitting pretty close to the front row. Be sure and stay tuned to the website, we will follow up on these items and a few of the purchases made by the NASCAR personnel.

95 Days To The 2014 Daytona 500

95 Days To The 2014 Daytona 500

Long before the broadcast booth, long before the #17, the #11, or the #88, Darrell Waltrip drove the #95 car in 35 races.

RK Motors Charlotte Auction: The NASCAR Lots

Wednesday and Thursday we were  looking at all the cars at the RK Motors auction this weekend in Charlotte along with the race cars, today we will look at the NASCAR cars.  If you missed the last two days coverage, CLICK HERE and HERE

There are tons of cool NASCAR race cars and NASCAR related cars rolling across the block this weekend, check them out!

CLICK on each picture for the complete info on the car. All photos credit RK Motors and RKMCCA.com

 

How about an early Dale Earnhardt Sr. car?

 

This one isn’t exactly a NASCAR race car, but its close enough. A.J. Foyt’s USAC car and the last car he ever drove to a championship.

 

All you need to go with these two is an Alan Kulwicki number seven to complete your 1992 NASCAR collection!

 

 

How about a Micheal Waltrip rookie car?

 

How about a Banjo Matthews built car?

 

How about a pair of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Intimidator Camaro’s?

 

 

Any Richard Petty fans in the house?

 

How about this cool “street” Toyota Camry race car built by RK Motors

 

Another Dale Earnhardt Sr item, a hall of fame Corvette

 

And last but not least, Ray Evernham’s custom built “ForPly”

NASCAR Picks: Talladega

Pick-A-Winner

Getting better all the time! My pick of Clint Bowyer brought it home second for me Saturday night in Richmond. Improving my average finish to 12.11. To see all my picks for the year, CLICK HERE.

This week I’m going with Matt Kenseth to bring it home. He was super fast at Daytona and would have probably won there had it not been for a blown motor. But of course with Restrictor plate racing you never really know what is going to happen!

 

Yahoo Fantasy Picks

We’ve already went over my A driver last week, Clint Bowyer came home a strong second, but after that I didn’t have much to brag about. My b list drivers Mark Martin and Kyle Busch finished 38th and 24th. My c list driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 16th.

In my small league I’m a solid 5th place with 1st place and the Spring Segment win still in reach. In my big league I’m 24th, better than last, but a long way from 1st!

This week I’ve got a good feeling, but with plate racing you just never know!

Like I said above my pick to win is Matt Kenseth so he is my A-list driver.

My B team starters are going to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch. Dale Jr is a must start on the plate tracks. The way Kurt has been running up front if he can stay clean till the end there is no reason why he couldn’t come home with a top five or in victory lane.

I had made plans to start Danica Patrick as my C driver, but I’m going to give Micheal Waltrip the nod instead. While I’m not sure I will use the start I’ve saved with Danica anywhere else, I just feel more confident with Waltrip, after all he was one Tony Stewart bone head move away from winning the fall race at Talladega.

On back up I’ve got Jeff Gordon on A-list, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle on B-list, and Trevor Bayne on the C-list.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup 2013 Season Preview

Daytona is so close now you can taste it! Here are my thought’s on the upcoming 2013 season, who will make the Chase, who won’t, and who will win it all!

Who’s In? Who’s Out? Here’s My Top 10

Every year the chase get’s harder and harder to make, that trend will defiantly continue this year. None of the 12 Chase drivers from 2012 are looking to give up their spot in 2013 but several drivers are locked and loaded to put themselves in the Chase this year. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch lead the charge of the top drivers looking for a spot in that elite 12.  Here is my Chase picks for 2013.

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Jeff Gordon: Despite a world of controversy surrounding him Jeff Gordon finished off the 2012 season on a high note with a win at Homestead. I look for Gordon to continue his late season momentum over in to 2013. With the Gen 6 race car’s driving style comparing itself more to the “twisted sister” over the C.O.T. I look for that to give Gordon a little bit of an advantage as well.

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Brad Keselowski: I look for Bad Brad to continue in his dominate ways in 2013. With the new car I don’t look for the switch to Ford to slow him down taht much.

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Kasey Kahne: Even though Kahne got off to a really bad start in 2012 he came back to finish 4th overall in the standings. Look for him to be a serious force to be dealt with in 2012.

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Clint Bowyer: Bowyer had is best points finish of 2nd in 2012 and arguably his best year all together. It was also his first year in his new ride with Micheal Waltrip Racing. I look for 2013 to be a big year for Bowyer. MWR should be able to build on their 2012 success and provide some fast race cars for Bowyer and team. Clint’s confidence level should be at an all time high as well, look for him to be a serious Championship contender in 2013.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr: The buzz of the 2012 off season was Dale Jr.’s comments about how he felt really comfortable in the new Gen 6 race car. That it reminded him of the “twisted sister” race car where he had most all of his success in.  Only time will tell if Junior can turn that comfort into a Championship but what it will give him is confidence going into the season. Junior was strong in 2012 and all the cards are in the deck for him to repeat that performance in 2013.

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Jimmy Johnson: Is it even possible for “five-time” to miss the Chase?

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Tony Stewart: Like Johnson, its hard to imagine a Chase without Tony Stewart in it. Stewart is always a threat to win it all, even when you don’t expect it, as he proved in 2011.

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Greg Biffle: The biff flew under the radar last year but for the first half of the season he was pretty dang consistent.  Now in 2013 with Kenseth gone from Roush-Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards on a rebound season the spot for top driver is open. I believe Biffle is up to the challenge of filling that spot.

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Matt Kenseth: If Matt can pilot a lame duck #17 into the Chase there is no reason why he won’t put his new Joe Gibbs Toyota deep into the Chase.

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Kevin Harvick: Even though Harvick is in a lame duck situation in 2013 don’t look for that to slow him down. Harvick and Childress are both too proud to write this season off. Look for multiple wins and an easy chase spot out of the #29 gang.

On The Outside Looking In

Before I go into my two wild card driver’s I want to talk about who I don’t think will make the Chase. Some of these are a surprise, some not so much.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin was oh, so close to winning a race last year. Although the second’s were nice, I think not being able to tie up a W has hurt his confidence going into 2013.  I expect him to be a player going into Richmond for 10 place in points, but a non-factor in the wild card due to his proven inability to put up wins.

Carl Edwards: I don’t think Carl did enough toward the end of 2012 to prove that anything will be different in 2013. I think he will find his way back to victory lane but will still be on the outside of the Chase looking in when all is said and done.

Denny Hamlin: Denny has been up and down over the past few years. With the added pressure of Matt Kenseth driving for Joe Gibbs I think Hamlin will be the odd man out in 2013.

Other notable names not making the Chase: Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, Juan Paublo Montoya, Kurt Busch.

Wild Card Baby

You’ve probably done the math by now. But here are my two wild card drivers.

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Kyle Busch: Rowdy had the strongest car at several of the final races in 2012, he just couldn’t finish. But look for him to have it together in 2013. I still don’t think he will be consistent enough to make the Chase on points but I could see him easily winning three or four races in 2013.

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Joey Logano: Joey was on a verge of having a break out season in 2012. He won a ton of races in Nationwide proving once again he knows how to get it done. Now that he is a strong number 2 driver with Penske instead of a distant 3rd driver at Gibbs I look for Lagano to finally live up to expectations. I think first year jitters with the team will keep him out of the Chase on points but look for him to win at least twice in 2013 if not more.

Victory Lane Here We Come

While its obvious that any of the above mentioned drivers have a illegitimate shot and going to victory lane in 2013 I wanted to mention a few not so obvious drivers who I think will make their way to victory lane in 2013.

Danica Patrick: While I don’t look for her to make the chase, or possible even the top 20 in points, it would not surprise me if she went to victory lane this year. She will be a strong contender at Daytona and Talladega. If she can stay around until the end you know the boss will be close by and I’m sure there is nothing more Tony would like to do that push Danica to her first Cup win in his car. She could also be a surprise dark horse at Sonoma or Watkins Glen.

Kurt Busch: He almost got the job done last year at Sonoma for James Finch. Look for him to finish the deal with a little better ride this year. The #78 has also proven strong before at Daytona and Talladega so look for him to have a solid shot there as well.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The back to back Nationwide champion may be the replacement in the #6 that Jack Roush has been searching for ever since Mark Martin left. I expect at least one mile and a half victory to come his way. Possibly as soon as Las Vegas.

The Final Five

So I picked my Chase drivers earlier. Now its time for me to pick who I think will bring home the Sprint Cup in 2013. I’m not going to rank the top ten or twelve, but I will pick my top five finished.

1. Matt Kenseth

2. Clint Bowyer

3. Kasey Kahne

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

5. Jeff Gordon

I had a scenario written in which I had each of these five driver’s winning the title. But I finally decided on this one. But officially I’m “picking” all five of them! Here are my reason’s why I think each one has a legitimate shot at winning the title.

Matt Kenseth

With the Gen6 race car coming in this year I think it all but eliminates the transition period for Matt between the Jack Roush Ford’s and the Joe Gibbs Toyota’s. The Gibbs cars are strong, probably stronger last year than the Roush cars, Matt Kenseth has something that neither Hamlin or Busch have, a Championship and the mental sharpness to win one.

Clint Bowyer

I was worried about the move from RCR to MWR in 2012 for Clint. I mean lets face it, on paper it looked like a step down. But with the improvements of MWR last year it quickly proved to be a smart move for Clint Bowyer. Clint shocked most with a second place finish last season. Bowyer now has the confidence he needs with the Micheal Waltrip Toyota’s to run strong from the start. He also has just small taste of that number one spot, the two could make him dangerous this year.

Kasey Kahne 

As bad as Kahne started off in 2012 its a miracle he even made the chase, let alone finish Top 5. With the season one jitters out of the way its time for Kahne to shine in that 5 car. With my prediction of teammate Jimmy Johnson not being a major player for the title going down the stretch it makes room for Kahne to shine even brighter.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Junior was good all last year, he was up front and consistent for most of the regular season. But he slipped in the Chase and was finished off by an injury which resulted in him missing two races.  Junior said he really likes the new car and it feels more like the “Twisted Sister” in which he had most of his Sprint Cup Series success. That could be the on track and mental boost he needs.

Jeff Gordon

Like his teammate Dale Jr., Gordon could also benefit from the new car. He finished last year strong and baring the broken part early in the chase and the Clint Bowyer saga and he would have been a contender for the title. The time is now for Jeff Gordon.

2013 Rolex 24 To Have Solid NASCAR Presence

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You won’t have to look far this weekend at the annual twice around the clock battle at Daytona International Speedway to see a familiar NASCAR face. It seems this year more than ever NASCAR stars are coming to the Grand Am Series event to shake off a little ring rust and cure a bad case of cabin fever. Lets take a look at the NASCAR stars you will see in the race.

Daytona Prototype Entires

Juan Pablo Montoya- #01 Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabatas BMW Riley

Jamie McMurray- #02 Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabatas BMW Riley

Nelson Piquet Jr- #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP

A.J. Allmendinger- #60 Micheal Shank Racing Ford/Riley

Marcos Ambrose- #60 Micheal Shank Racing Ford/Riley

GT Entires

Boris Said- #31 Marsh Racing Corvette

Clint Bowyer- #55 AF Waltrip Ferrari

Micheal Waltrip- #55 AF Waltrip Ferrari

Other names that may be familiar to NASCAR fans are Max Papis, Robert Kauffman, Andy Lally, Paul Tracy, Colin Braun, Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett, and Dario Franchitti.

For a complete run down of the entry list CLICK HERE

The Rolex 24 will be broadcast live on speed. Visit their website for more info!