Scott Paddock on CTL
Tue, 24 Apr 2012|
Chicagoland Speedway's Scott Paddock has the latest on NASCAR including predictions for this weekend's race - 4/24
-- -- Lot of fun hang out with -- cats that last week with you that was a great time we were honored to have the Daytona 500 winner in town to promote. The start of the chase it's Chicago it's you have September 16 and he did a great job he impromptu he was in the taxi -- doing some trivia with. Unsuspecting. Patrons and we had a lot of fun when there was a lot of -- Bure did the get go we didn't metrics that. Profits don't yeah we had a really good start doubling him over The W. Hotel. The case -- Denny Hamlin gets another victory Jeff Gordon which Hendrick Motorsports doesn't normally run an engine trouble now they really don't pay its its surprising and they they suspect that the reason that some of the teams including Gordon had engine troubles they were running a little bit over lower gear. Which transmitted into higher RPM tonight that cost some of those trouble but. -- and eighteenth right now and you know if it's still early but you know he's he's a lot of the tragedy that he's a little bit nervous about making the chase. When you go to this week. Key to winning. Winning in Richmond. Well let's see it's a short track by definition three quarters of a mile -- what's unique about Richmond unlike other short tracks and Bristol Martinsville. Is it's a wide racing service so cars can run three wide. And they're not on the brakes as much because you can really rely on the width of the track. And the banking to get through it so. -- the last had a speeds and they have their they have they'll be going about 121 twice yeah because. That was tell us which grace was racetrack was he talking about the they're gonna hit to twenty Michigan Michigan yes 220. You're going to be hitting an enemy is usually -- -- yeah absolutely which we haven't seen a lot of cautions the last couple weeks that's all gonna change the next two weeks as we visit Richmond short track. We will be a lot of bumping grinding going on and then Talladega super speedway in two weeks. Quite what you expect out of this week's race. All -- this week's race you know it'll be interesting storyline to see if Rick Hendrick it's his 200 victory they've been knocking on the door now for several weeks. Haven't done it Kyle Busch. Has picked up although we struggled early on he's picking up speed the last couple weeks so look for him to make an impact in. Denny Hamlin this is his hometown -- he won last week he's historically a pretty good favorite favorite in. In that Richmond so it should be a great week generation is going to be a lot of sorry about you know who knows or -- what 510 years maybe NASCAR's really gonna. On his way in terms of marketing the sport and we're talking about the drivers now. The year or so friendly and more common accommodating us are accessible. To fans and the media. How -- it translated. Financially business wise to to this for a -- well it's the second most watched and followed sport in America we can and we kept people don't realize sits second only to the NFL in terms of weekly viewership and overall fan following. And I think a lot of that friend is just because of that the drivers are very accessible they come from very humble beginnings a guy like Matt Kansas last week. He was racing in local you know dirt tracks up in Cambridge Wisconsin for 200 dollar purses so that he very humble beginnings it's a very very appreciative of what they have now they understand. The impact his fans and sponsors have within the sport. And I think that's that's the key to with the axis that the fans have been the accessibility of these drivers struggled to make our picks some up 47 points. You picked up an intent on me this week OK I think was a little more there was a little more check your math on the. You can look at it two weeks in a row comebacks on I don't failure still lose that you -- have a couple of good -- and that's all you -- I'm going to go what Kyle Busch. You know I like that if he was my second choice when -- go Denny Hamlin can do to in a row we'll see but. Kyle -- is a great pick because he's been coming on strong in picking up faster -- last few weeks former Major League pitcher John -- king -- and there was a Major League closer name John Rocker he is. I rushed observed from a month Illinois this week's winner of the scarlet -- sweepstakes he gets to take it. This September -- 400 every you can join -- thought our NASCAR vet visits the offense got back out. It's to make your Sprint Cup pick and the scarlet fever sweepstakes. One winner if -- September's cycle 400 at Chicago as you'll be -- with a grand prize a trip for two. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- In Las Vegas. -- this is the final week bird the discounted tickets correct that's right we introduced an advance sales concept this year advanced pricing through between now and in the end of this month fans and get the best pricing. Only 45 dollars to attend -- Sprint Cup race on September 16 to be a lot of fun.