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Published on April 18th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple


Mexico City… Where are the BIG NAMES?

Alright… I made a little mistake on my last post and named off all these great names that “I said” were going to be racing down in Mexico City.  The truth is… hardly anybody will be racing down there in Mexico City and I’m curious as to why.  The big name road racers such as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon both snubbed the Mexico City race this weekend.  The only big names that will be down there racing are Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, Carl Edwards, Clint Boyer and then Scott Pruett who is one of the best road racers that have ever existed. 

 There are g0ing to be a lot of local favorites from Mexico that will be racing, one of them being Adrian Fernandez who has had three top 10 finishes in the last three Nationwide races he’s raced in down there in Mexico City.  Adrian Fernandez is a local racer and very popular with the local Mexicans who will be hoping for a home town favorite to win the big race.  He not only has a competitive advantage by knowing the race course but he also has an advantage because it’s his birthday on Sunday and I know there are a lot of generous racers out there.  Haha… I highly doubt anyone’s going to help him out though!

 Another great racer who is making a guest appearance is Sam Hornish Jr. who was the winner of the 2006 Indy 500.  Sam doesn’t have much experience if any at all in a stock car but he defintiely knows road courses and is hands down a great driver.  I don’t think he has a chance at winning this race but I have a feeling he’ll end up somewhere in the top 15. 

 I personally think it’s going to be an exciting race to watch.  Road races are a lot of fun especially when you have someone to route for.   I’m going to be pulling for Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards because they’re regulars and I highly doubt any of these randoms are going to do anything extraordinary.  I wish everyone luck and will be drinking a beer on turn 3 of the race course. 

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I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!

3 Responses to Mexico City… Where are the BIG NAMES?

  1. John Fit says:

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  2. Tim Zaegel says:

    Ron, the reason why a lot of the big names didn’t race in Mexico is pretty simple … Cup Series drivers run Nationwide races for one of two reasons:

    1) They plan on running the full schedule and competing for the Nationwide Series Championship … these guys would be Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, and potentially Kyle Busch.


    2) They want to get some extra time in on the track to prepare for the Sprint Cup race the following day.

    Due to the fact that the Cup Series doesn’t run in Mexico City, guess which group of drivers you didn’t see on Sunday?

  3. Ron Ripple says:

    Oh I thought it was because of the water in Mexico… I just figured they didn’t want IBS while in the car. haha… just kidding Tim. I’m going to write a post later today and let you know about my experience watching the race.

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