Track Trash: Ho Hum Homestead
When it comes right down to it, deep down in our hearts we just knew who was gonna win.
We just didn’t necessarily want it to happen.
It’s sorta like why so many fans hate the Yankees.
But keep the faith. Sooner or later all ‘good’ things must come to an end.
And with regards to the 48 team, it’s gonna be…….later.
Wake me up: The glaring headlines read “Tight Chase battle fails to improve Phoenix TV ratings”. In order to do so, one would have to (a) move the race from ESPN to ABC, (b) ban the NFL from TV, (c) quickly reinstate the economy, (d) reincarnate the real Dale Earnhardt (not the popular wanna-be), (e) pattern each race after the All Star race in Charlotte, and (f) stop the race midway through, and have an elephant dive off a two story tower into a bathtub.
More headlines: ”Armor Vienna Sausage to sponsor KHI for two Nationwide, truck races”. WOW !! Can you really believe that ?? Hey, I shoulda put that as (g) in the first paragraph.
More headlines: “State Department bringing 11 youth from Bahrain and Qatar to NASCAR finale”. Well, that’s one way of trying to fill up the stands…..
Da Race: As much as they tried not to, the TV cameras showed a lot of unused seats. So much for all the hype. And it doesn’t bode well for 2011 unless there’s a complete turnaround in the economy (not likely to happen that quickly). So, as exciting as this season, and this race, has been, it didn’t pay off at the turnstiles. Heck, even the TV ratings were way down. Even though Brain Brian is talking about making changes to the Playoffs, it may take something HUGE to get the fans back in the action.
The Big C: The Championship boiled down to which contender made the fewest big mistakes. All three made them, and it cost two of ‘em the C. DennyHambone spun out early, and later missed an easy pit and he’s now a sullen boy. Somehow I couldn’t quite picture him as a Champ at this stage in his life. Happy looked like he had the W and the C in his sights, then was caught speeding on the entry of pit road. He recovered, but not quite enough.
Pitting the 48: Well, the transformed 24 pit crew (now wearing the colors of the 48), made two (2) slow pit stops and could have caused the downfall of the whole team effort. When the real pressure was on, they folded. Me thinks there’s gonna be a huge shake-up during the off season. Either that, or we’ll see das Knaus standing in back of them with a bull whip in hand, just waiting for someone to screw up.
Bump and Grind: It’s a good thing this is the last race of the season. Otherwise, we’d be expecting a big Payoff from NastyKyle. And it still might happen, but it’s gonna have to occur next year. I can’t say that I blame Happy for running into Kyle’s rear bumper, but since both of them made stupid wisecracks about each other on TV, this might not be the last we see of them mixing it up.
The Champ: Most of us need to eat some crow about now. He did it again. “Drive for Five”. What’s the slogan gonna be next year?? What rhymes with ‘six’??? Yes, five in a row is an outstanding feat, and he’s certainly gonna get some recognition from it. But mentally, not many fans are gonna run him up the pole of esteemed drivers in NA$CAR. Yes, his record is outstanding, but for one reason or another, he has not gained the hearts of the majority of fans. Maybe it would be easier if he had a good ole Southern accent. Bummer, dude.
Kudos: To the Flipster for a ‘two in a row’, and a great way to end the season. To Aric and Dinger for outstanding top 5’s.
Finally: To Jr. Get a life…………..(or a new crew chief).
Heaps of 3’s all over yer Aflac policy,
Racing Maniac #3
PS: As I’ve said in years past, the 2010 Champion is only gonna be ‘The Man’ until the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31st, at which time it’ll be 2011……..and the race starts anew………..
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