Kickin' It With Keselowski (Cont.)
Everywhere around the country, sports fans are catching something called fantasy football fever. Has that happened to you? If so, who's on your team or who are you looking to pick this year?
Well, I'm not doing fantasy football. I've never been a big fan of it because it's a lot of work to maintain it all. I've got plenty enough work to do, and I'm not a stat guy. I don't like stats. I think you can make stats read whatever way you want them to read.
I enjoy watching the games. I like football, but I'm not a fantasy football guy. I never really played fantasy sports, period. I tried it one time and just really never got into it. There's a fantasy racing league with my friends; I looked into that and didn't like it, and the same thing with fantasy football. It just seemed like a huge time killer.
Does it frustrate you to race on holiday weekends, or is it cooler? If you had total control of NASCAR's off-weeks, where would you put them? -Anonymous, Michigan
Well, assuming the holiday in question is Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend, I really enjoy racing on them. In fact, I think it's even cooler to race on a weekend like that because you can share your experience with more of your fans, friends and family simply because they have the time off.
So if anything, I like it better if we race on those weekends, except for July 4th. That's the best way I can answer that question. Now if it's Easter, Thanksgiving ... I wouldn't be happy to race on those days. But I'm pretty happy with the schedule and the weekends off. I think NASCAR does a good job with what they can, and I really don't have any complaints.
Suzy Kolber. NO OPINION. I don't really have a strong opinion on her; the only thing that sticks out in my mind is the Joe Namath incident. I'm a big fan of all the female sportscasters, though. They do a very good job.
Michelle Beadle. WIN HER. I got to meet her at ESPN recently, and she's a good time. Upbeat, happy, but not cheerleader happy -- smartass happy like me. And I like that.
Today's Topic: NFL
RING ME UP: This won't go over well with everyone, but I'm a Patriots fan. I like Tom Brady. He's got style, he's got class, he's from Michigan and he's kind of the underdog. He's always been the underdog all through his career -- he came off the bench and won games, he didn't get picked in the first round ... all that good stuff. He got hurt the year before, then comes back and has a good year ... big fan.
I LOST THE NUMBER: I'm not a big Vikings fan, I'm not going to lie about that. It's the whole Brett Favre thing; it seems very cheesy and played out.
Take us around a lap at Atlanta.
You start off at the start/finish line and it's a dogleg, part of the tri-oval. That makes it trickier than a lot of tracks to get around because the track is a little worn down. And even the tri-oval becomes a significant turn you have to hit right. It can be difficult, and something you have to be prepared for.
So you go through the tri-oval to get to Turn 1. Turn 1 can be a very tricky corner. It's one of the fastest corner entries we have in all of racing (corner entry speed). And you just feel speed at Atlanta because not only is it a very fast entry, you also turn the car very hard to the left and you drop about two stories going into Turn 1. And then there's a huge bump on entry to Turn 1. So those factors help Atlanta feel very fast from a driver's perspective. It's the fastest-feeling track we go to all year from a driver's seat.
When you enter Turn 1, you need to make a decision on which groove you're going to run because you can run multiple grooves at Atlanta. Where the bottom seems like the place to be in qualifying or on new tires, there are some cars that will run in the middle. When running the top, you can get in the corner pretty hard, and it's very hairy up there. Very slick. The track is very worn out, so there's a lot of spots all over the track where it continues to wear out. It can be tricky and slick, and the bottom is even slicker yet -- you just have a little more room, and you have to back your corner entry.
As you're going around the corner, the track again is still very rough ... bouncy. The wall is kind of weird at Atlanta. When you're running the top, the wall kind of moves on you. And it goes in and out, in and out, so it's hard to really run up close to it. That's why a lot of drivers run into it. And when you're on the bottom, it's the same thing. The white line really moves around, up and down and up and down, so it's really hard to follow.
On the exit of Turn 2, that's where you make a lot of speed up at Atlanta. On the bottom, it's very slick and you have a lot of wheel spin, and on the top you get really tight, and the wall comes in at you. That's the balance between those two.
You carry that run off down the backstretch and into Turn 3, where it's a tricky corner. The entry of Turn 3 narrows up on you and then widens back out. Generally, you want to run the bottom through Turn 3, it'll be the fastest lane. There's a lot of bumps down there as well -- it's a little rougher than 1 and 2. And they go all the way through the corner.
You'll lift a substantial amount, drag some brake, and go through there. You get on the throttle pretty early, but you can't really commit to it. You get into this weird four-wheel slide off Turn 4 that makes you feel like you're going to hit the wall. And you actually slide all the way out to the wall before you get to full throttle... and do it again.