"View From the Flagstand: Michigan"
Posted by Gene Haddock on June 15, 2010
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Well Michigan International Speedway certainly lived up to its reputation on Sunday. What a thrilling day of close competition we enjoyed! Hah, just kidding. The 103 degrees worth of Southern swelter must be getting to me. It wasn't the worst race of the year (Hello, Fontana), but it was far from the best, also. A very wise person once said, "The best thing about Michigan is that Sonama is the next week." Truer words...
Denny Hamlin toyed with the other 42 racers, in route to his fifth win of the year. His crew is on top of their game right now, and even a road course next week shouldn't slow their momentum. Of course, all this regular season stuff doesn't mean a hell of a lot. Ten bonus points per win going into the Chase is not enough for actually trying to win during the regular season, and can disappear in the first Chase race. Don't use up all your mojo too soon, Hamster.
Kurt Busch won the pole and came home third. Second place finisher, Kasey Kahne had a strong outing, and should win one of these very soon. A rare visitor to my green flags section, or to the top-10, was... gee, I hope I spell this right... Dale Earnhardt Jr, in 7th. The entire top-10 looked like a preview of the Chase contenders.
Points leader Kevin Harvick (19th) picked a bad week to come back down to earth, as red hot Hamlin made up a lot of ground. Kyle Busch (20th) looked even worse than Harvick while trying to hold onto his second place spot in the points race. Matt Kenseth, struggled to a 14th place finish, and dropped a spot in points.
Please stop allowing morons to give the 'Start your Engines' command. So-called movie stars, Adam Sandler and Kevin James totally wrecked the command. Would it be so bad to have a professional announcer to give this proclamation at every event? For about 30 years, when you heard Michael Buffer "get ready to ruuuuummmble" you knew you were going to see some professional action.
The phantom debris cautions. Yes, we know the race is boring, and NASCAR wants to tighten it up. What about those teams that had their entire game plan based on a fuel mileage strategy? Should there be a new rule that we can not have two green flag pit cycles in a row? Or, that a 'competition' caution will fly EVERY race with 25 laps to go?
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