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Westboro Baptist Church Plans NASCAR Protest at Kansas Speedway

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Maggie Phelps, spokeperson for the Westboro Baptist Church and their endless “God Hates Fags” campaign that have plagued the funerals of US Soldiers and the children in Newtown have turned their eyes on NASCAR. The daughter of the Church’s founder says that they are planning a protest at a NASCAR race. Tueday, Phelps Tweeted. “NASCAR is racing fag cars.”20151213201034

It’s not clear what set them off, but it appears it may have been an interview by Queers4Gears with Brad Keselowski in Phoenix.  The current Sprint Cup Champion said there was room for an openly gay driver in the sport. In a seperate tweet, Phelps linked to an SB  Nation/Outsports article that had picked up on the Keselowski interview, adding, “Next they’ll have a splashy fag wedding.”

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The leader of the “church” tweeted that the injury of the fans in Daytona was a punishment from God because NASCAR is pro-gay (follow the link in his tweet)

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As of now, there is no indication of what race the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest.

Queers4Gears spoke to NASCAR this morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they agree with what Keselowski said and will stand with their driver.

UPDATE:

The Worstboro Baptist Church will be picketing at the Kansas Race on April 21st. You can read the announcement from their site – note their note at the end: “God Hates Brad Keselowski”

Queers4Gears reached out to Kansas Speedway to ask if the Westboro Protesters would be welcome on the Speedway grounds or required to use a public space outside of the Speedway.

Kelly Hale, Director of Public Relations said, “We do have a spot on speedway grounds that groups that want to protest are welcome to use. We worked closely with our local law enforcement to make sure the area is safe for the groups but also doesn’t create congestion for traffic (we’re located across the street from restaurants, retail destinations and hotels).”


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Gaynalysis – 400 miles in Daytona

The Gaynalysis is just one gay NASCAR fan’s take on the race weekend.  You can read the “straight” recap of the Coke-Zero 400 from Daytona by clicking here.

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“Gay NASCAR” by Keith J. Varadi – 2009

Only a few short hours before the green flag dropped NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell dropped a bombshell and Twitter almost imploded.  O’Donnell announced that AJ Allmendinger had been suspended for failing a drug test that was given last week in Kentucky.

The announcement started a 72 hour clock in which Allmendinger can request that his “B” sample be tested.   Meanwhile , the Penske Team scrambling to get their jet up in the air for a quick round trip to Charlotte to scoop up Penske Nationwide driver Sam Hornish Jr.

TNT showed footage of the Penske jet landing near the speedway as the pre-race ceremonies continued.  The only thing keeping it from becoming a full-on OJ Chase were helicopter shots of Hornish’s SUV as it raced through the tunnel.

For now, I am going to withhold comment about AJ.  There certainly isn’t anything fun or funny in this situation – and frankly, we don’t know enough.  Allmendinger has made no statement and NASCAR has in no way indicated what substance showed up in AJ’s “a” sample.

When this season started I was among the many who thought AJ would win his first big Sprint Cup race now that he was in a great seat.  I just knew this would be the story that put AJ on the front page – I never thought something so seemly would be the thing that got “AJ Allmendinger” trending.

Sam Hornish was strapped in at the last minute and the race began.  The first half of the race was slow – almost boring – as it ran caution-less with drivers spread out like slot cars.

I like the race but the reaction to the race on Twitter was mixed.  The bottom line for me is that the 2-dogs-f’ing style of tandem racing is gone.  NASCAR made some huge aero and cooling changes – but they made the cars so prone to overheat that even running in a big pack for long was dangerous.

Those who were watching on TV may not have seen a lot of passing…. but the stats don’t agree!  Tony Stewart started in the rear of the field and took the #14 to victory lane.  Biffle and Kenseth got separated in a late pit road mistake – but quickly regrouped and drove it back to the front.

It seemed as if Kenseth was going to take the best car of the day to victory lane except Tony Stewart made an amazing move to grab the lead out of turn 4 on the last lap.  Biffle and Kenseth’s draft was split up and Biffle was trying to follow the #14… but he had Joey on his outside and Harvick on the inside… they tried to put three race cars in a compact-only parking spot.

The resulting crash bottled up most of the field – Kenseth, Stewart and Burton made it through cleanly and Smoke was up front when they crossed the line.

I will admit to making some “boring” jokes during the first half of the race – but the last half gave me everything I want from a Super Speedway.  Clusters of cars and big wrecks where no one is hurt!

The scariest moment of the night was actually at slow speeds in the pits.  Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman got tangled up leaving their pit stalls.  This sent the #39 spinning wildly towards the pit box of Brad Keselowski.  Members of the #2 crew and NASCAR officials sprinted out of the way of Newman’s out of control car.  Luckily, no one was injured but Keselowski’s car suffered some significant damage to the rear bumper and quarter panel.

That brings me to this week’s Q4G Shout-Out – awarded to the entire Blue Deuce Team.  HEYYYYYYYYYYYY FELLAS!  Nice work.  I am sure everyone was a little shook-up after nearly getting smashed and having to repair their race car – the team and  Brad brought it home P12 – a solid finish with the hand they were dealt.

Tony pulled out a great win – snatching the victory from Kenseth’s hands….. but the Media will be focusing on the AJ story this week and Smoke’s win may be lost in the shuffle.

ALSO – Congratulations to Kevin and DeLana Harvick – who welcomed their son Keelan Paul Harvick into the world on Sunday, July 8th.

 

Brad Keselowski Blitzes Kentucky for Third Cup Win in 2012

Three’s the charm — particularly if you’re Bad Brad Keselowski.

Building a big lead during the final green-flag run and saving enough fuel to get to the end of the race, Keselowski won Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in a backup car.

Keselowski, who wrecked his primary car after tangling with Juan Pablo Montoya on the first lap of Friday’s first practice session, picked up his series-best third victory of the season and the seventh of his career, all but assuring himself of a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“Now we can look forward,” Keselowski said, assessing his chances of making NASCAR’s playoffs. “We don’t have to look back at all, and that’s so big.”

Runner-up Kasey Kahne rallied from an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel on Lap 52 to finish 4.399 seconds behind Keselowski, followed by Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Gordon came home fifth, one spot in front of pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson, as Hendrick Motorsports drivers claimed four of the top six positions.

“This just shows the importance of teamwork, and the group of guys I have on this Miller Lite team that are just bad-asses,” Keselowski said after the race. “I’ll tell you what, they put together a backup car from last year in 100-degree heat in an hour’s time — not even an hour. It was like 40 minutes.

“Got it on the racetrack and got to run our laps for practice to make the adjustments we needed to be fast today. That’s what bad-asses do, and that’s what got us to Victory Lane today, and I’m proud of these guys for it — damn proud of them. I think that sums it up.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe had a different slant.

“All I heard was that Bad Brad was back this weekend, and I don’t know whether that’s good or bad,” said Wolfe, whose driver had a chip on his shoulder after, in his view, Montoya pulled up in front of him at half speed on the first lap of practice and caused the wreck.

In Wolfe’s view, Keselowski can find extra speed when his blood is up.

“Maybe it’s human nature that, when you’re ticked off or whatever, you’re able to find another level,” Wolfe said. “There are definitely a lot of instances where I’ve seen Brad be able to find speed in the race car when he is ticked off. Whether or not he’s doing it, it seems like it happens.”

Hamlin was saving fuel at the end of the race and had to surrender second place to the charging Kahne.

Earnhardt was pleased with his fourth-place run, but his drought-breaking victory June 17 at Michigan, which snapped a 143-race winless streak, has whetted Earnhardt’s appetite for more.

“We’re just ready to win,” said Earnhardt, who gained one position to second in the series standings, 11 points behind seventh-place finisher Matt Kenseth. “I really had fun winning the other week, so I’m ready to get back to Victory Lane. . . . I ain’t going to be as patient this time.”

Ignition troubles ruined defending series champion Tony Stewart’s night almost before it started. Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet fell off the pace on Lap 26. By the time his team diagnosed and fixed the problem in the garage, Stewart was 35 laps down.
He finished 32nd and dropped from fifth to ninth in the series standings.

A bad night got worse for Stewart-Haas Racing on Lap 210, when Ryan Newman, Stewart’s teammate, blew his engine, spun in his own oil and slammed into the outside wall in Turn 2, with Regan Smith hitting the wall behind him.

Newman retired from the race in 34th and dropped two spots to 15th in points, leaving both Kyle Busch (10th Saturday) and Kahne ahead of him in the race for the two wild-card positions in the Chase.

Chase spots are available to the two drivers in positions 11-20 in the standings who have the most victories in the first 26 races. Busch (12th), Kahne (14th), Joey Logano and Newman (tied for 15th) have one win each and are the only drivers in positions 11-20 to have won a race.

Clint Bowyer, last week’s winner at Sonoma, was the innocent victim of contact that jeopardized his seventh-place position in the standings. Shortly after a restart on Lap 155, Bowyer was racing in close quarters with Newman, on new tires, and Joey Logano, who took fuel only during a pit stop under caution on Lap 150.

With a huge run off Turn 4, Newman clipped the back of Logano’s Toyota in the tri-oval, turning him into Bowyer’s Camry. On Lap 166, Bowyer brought his car to pit road, fearing he had a tire losing air. Bowyer lost two laps in the process and fell to 32nd in the running order.

But a cycle of green-flag stops and a free pass as the highest-scored lapped car returned Bowyer to the lead lap under the caution for Newman’s wreck, and the driver of the No. 15 Toyota salvaged a 16th-place finish and held seventh in the standings.