By – JJ Andrews
I put a lot of thought into this SuperStar of the Week business. Usually, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about the racing – itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more about whose chops I want to bust, or what I want to crack wise about. This week Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ more of the same.
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã‚Â I could go with Andrew Schartner. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s won back-to-back features in the division. But wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t he SuperStar just a week or so ago? You can win back-to-back features, but you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be a back-to-back SuperStar. Not on my watch.
I probably could go with Kevin Knopp, who was 2nd last week. KevinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrecked, blown motors, and had many problems this year. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll lose his defending champion status this week, and insists that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s selling everything, and getting out of racing – just like everybody says at the end of a frustrating year. But heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been pretty grouchy this year, so it might be true. SoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ if I do a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Grouch of the WeekÃ¢â‚¬Â column, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll keep Kevin in mind.
Jason Simmons wants it bad. He was 5th again last week, and hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been rushing right home to cry after the races like he used to. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been sociable, and even bought me some crazy adult beverage called a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Captain ShellyÃ¢â‚¬Â at the bowling alley last week. It almost worked, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not getting another SuperStar award. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too desperate. Plus, the last time I gave him a SuperStar award, he immediately started mouthing off to me on this websiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s message board. Not happening. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to take a lot more than ONE Captain Shelly.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just whining, like that guy in the band Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kings of Leon,Ã¢â‚¬Â or if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true. But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a driver that claims that in my two seasons of SuperStar columns, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NEVER been a SuperStar of the Week. Could it be possible that Brian Sobus has never been the honoree?
During a three-day trip to Bristol for the modified / truck race with Brian and Barry Kingsley, that subject came up. But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good reason heÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs never been chosen by me. Usually. SuperStar of the Week is reserved for people that I like. (Calm down everyone – IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just kidding!)
As a two time winner this season, Brian is hoping to double that total this weekend. And to prepare, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been doing a lot of Ford research, to become better acquainted with what his competition is doing. (Russ Brown, who is one of his main competitors, has a Ford engine in his car.) So to prepare, Brian has been flying BarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ford Five Hundred up route 81, just to see how it reacts.
Sure, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s won races. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going really fast this 2nd half of the season. He should have been SuperStar when he won in front of the huge Thursday night crowd for the USAC / NORA race. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not how you win SuperStar of the Week. Brian has been bestowed that honor by doing the little things. Like discovering a bikini car wash. Or wheeling us through a traffic jam in Mechanicsburg, PA Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ on two wheels.
His prowess is well established now in my mind. Definitely this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“SuperStar of the Week!Ã¢â‚¬Â