Track Trash – Ina Daytona
Two car tangos, or pack racing with no passing?
A Ying, or a Yang?
Neither of which seems THAT appealing.
Da Brain: Brian da Brain did his thang over the weekend, giving his State of the Sport wisdom. No uncalled for Yellows will fly (probably because Bruton thought of it first). And the sport’s healthy future is riding squarely on Jr.’s shoulders. See how easy it is to put a monkey on someone’s back?
Danica: Legendary Janet Guthrie was interviewed recently, and she opened up about Danica. “I think she is a capable driver,” Guthrie said, when asked about Patrick’s performance. “I think she is a mid-pack racer.” Sorta sounds like she thinks Danica is good, but not great. She probably hit the nail on the head….
Hambone: Denny is a man aging before his time. What with some torn disks and others that are bulging, he’s not one of the healthiest drivers out there. Yeah, he can still wheel a car, but the thought of him getting into a major wreck makes you shiver.
The #3: Austin Dillon wants to run Cup in the #3 car. Grandpa Childress would want the number to have a different style from how Earnhardt had it designed, and he’d only let an Earnhardt or a Dillon use the number. So unless something happens in the meantime, get ready to see the #3 car on the Cup track in the next few years.
AJ: Quite a shock to hear that Dinger failed the drug test, and we wish him well. The only things on his record are two DWI’s in late 2009 so it’s a mystery what this could be about. But give kudos to the Penske organization for getting Hornish from Charlotte to Daytona in record time, and in the nick of time.
Fire ‘em up: What a complete joy it was to hear Bobby Bowden yell “Drivers, start yer dad gum engines!!”
Da Fans: Well, the front stretch seating was nearly full capacity…..but the backstretch stands were nearly devoid of humans. This makes it a so-so attendance. Nothing to brag about, and for a Saturday night race, it’s an indication we aren’t back to ‘normal’. It’s not so much “build it and they will come” as it is “make it interesting and they will be there”.
Da Race: OK, so they’ve successfully eliminated the two car tango. Unfortunately, they aren’t quite done with tweaking the rules yet, cuz the pack racing we’re witnessing is not at all like the pack racing we’ve been used to. Someone needs to figure out how cars can actually pass one another !! Yes, we fans are a picky breed, and we want the ultimate.
Das Kurt: What a comeback. Winning the Busch league race with a less than fully funded team was fantastic. Unfortunately, it didn’t equate to a glorious night in the Cup race. Just past the half way mark, das Kurt got a bit too anxious. Moving up from the bottom row, he saw a glimmer of light and tried to make it three wide. But as luck would have it, it was like trying to put 10 pounds of …er, potatoes into a 5 pound bag. He just didn’t fit. And he started the first wave of carnage. Thus his impetuous move proved to be his downfall. Bummer, dude. Two steps forward, three steps back.
Kudos: Obviously to Smoke, and to MattyBoy. Gotta give one to Jburton and JoeyPhenom, but still can’t figure out how they did it (unless you subtract all the wrecked cars). Gotta give one to MillionDollarBill, cuz he ran up front (until his slow, make shift pit crew put him in harms way).
Big Ones: There were enough Big Ones for even the blood thirsty fans. Two huge ones within the last 10 laps, and too many banged up cars to even count. But hey, that’s super speedway racing.
Heaps of 3’s all over yer can of Mobil 1,
Racing Maniac #3
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