Track Trash: I say, Watkins (Glen)
Sorry that most of you had to miss the Monday morning show.
It started out like it was gonna rain, then a heavy fog dropped in on ‘em, then it lifted and became a nice day.
Typical Upstate weather.
Outstanding: The new ruler at Pocono immediately changed the races next year from 500 miles to 400 miles. Finally….someone listened to the masses. The races were far too long, with not enough action, and needed a change. Now the crew chiefs must throw away their notes, and hunker down to the new, shorter length. Outstanding !!
Da Feud: The blabbermouths are still firing away at one another. It’s amazing that JJ hasn’t by now admitted that he pulled down on das Kurt at Pocono, and started the whole fandango. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see the tapes, and understand who was wrong. But we’ve gotta give das Kurt some kudos for keeping the issue in the news. He’s still stirring up the pot, and JJ is stupid enough to keep responding to it.
H.O.F.: How could you build a NA$CAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, and not have it be a complete success? Perhaps you build a monstrosity, one that requires a lot of on-going funding, and open it at the start of a plunging economy. Yeah, that’s how you can have an utter failure. A hefty $ 1.42M loss in the first year of operation, and no good news in sight. They can’t continue this blood bath forever, so if you haven’t been there yet, you’d better hurry before it closes down…..
Da Race: Another road course race with as many racing agendas as there are drivers. The only drivers you can bet your farm on are the Start & Stop boys (the ones bringing their cars to the tracks, but no extra tires and no pit crew).
Roushketeers: With da Biff and Mattyboy both running out of gas on the course, it shows all too clearly that their Ford engines cannot be competitive in a fuel race. Here we have a race with 90 laps, and with about 30 lap fuel windows, and these guys run out of gas because they can only go 26 laps without running out of gas. How could they ever possibly win one of these races? Not likely, unless something weird happened during the race to upset the normal flow of the race. Or maybe you have a crew chief that thinks out of the proverbial box, which allows someone like Marcos to finally win a race…..in a Ford.
Das Kurt: What a wall job !! Plowed right into it.
Das Denny: What a wall job !! Plowed right into it. This one probably wouldn’t have hurt so much if he hadn’t tried to T-bone a light standard (with a very stout cement base on it). Sure, the tire barrier slowed him down, but the cement base behind it didn’t give an inch.
Jr.: Luck was in their corner early in the race. They came in for a pit stop and a caution flew, so when they returned to the track they had gained a bunch of places and were near the front. Then later in the race, for some stupid reason, they pitted twice in a very short time, and gave back a bunch of places. You’d have to pin that bone-headed play on LeFarte.
We got down to the last 5 laps and the action started to play out. First it was Meynerd, who blew a LF tire and smacked the wall hard enough to break something under the hood and allow a fire to burn brightly. They finally cleaned that mess up, and went for a Green/White/Checkered finish. On the last lap, Davie Ragan did a wall job, came back on the track and collected Rootman, who did a wall job and almost flipped on his roof (instead sailing over some cars and performing another wall job on the other side of the track). A very nasty wreck, and he was lucky to make it out without damage to his body. All the while, Marcos was doin’ his thang with NastyKyle, and eventually overtook him for a W. An outstanding win for Ambrose, and one that will somewhat soothe the pain of losing the race at Sonoma last year.
Kudos: A big one for the likeable Marcos, and another one to the damaged Bradski (he’s got true grit). JoeyPhenom is quietly making waves on the road courses.
Heaps of 3’s all over yer Stanley tools,
Racing Maniac #3
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