Is Bruton going to have to tear up this track too?
And then there was the return to The Rock. Not that the racing at the front of the field there was any better, but at least the track and the rest of the racing had character. The more I think about it, the more I believe that Goodyear has the main influence on whether or not a race is noteworthy. Unless tire wear is a key factor in a race, it soon becomes relatively predictable. Or fuel mileage then becomes a major issue, and nobody (meaning me) wants that.
Congratulations to Andy Hillenburg on a successful event and a nice crowd. But what about the Nelson Piquet move? In his defense (unless his team gave him prior warning), forever the number 1 pit stall has allowed the driver to leave his stall at a higher rate of speed than the other drivers. Since ESPN's camera got that stall, the pole sitter was expected to do something completely different than he has been trained to do. Maybe it's something Nascar might think about doing for all the races. On the other hand, since the pole sitter doesn't get any points for that achievement and any monetary gain is insignificant, I guess it's OK he/she gets some advantage.
And then there was a race at Long Beach. I don't put the IRL on for the racing, but listening to Bob Jenkins, Wally Dallenbach and Jon Beekuis (with Robin Miller in the pits) is such a pleasure and education.
If Ned was in the booth we'd know what's up with Christian Elder.
By Gary Erdakos
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