Once again the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made its annual trek up to the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for a race on the road course at Watkins Glen.
Once again you have to wonder why NASCAR?s Sprint Cup team owners bother to hire those ?road course ringers?, i.e. drivers who are brought in from other series that race mostly on road courses.
Once again they all failed to live up to their reputations proving, once again, that NASCAR?s form of racing is not easy.
Andy Lalley was the highest finisher of the non-regulars ending his day in eighteenth. Next was Patrick Carpentier in 21st, Boris Said, 38th, Ron Fellows, 40th, and P.J. Jones, 41st. Of those, Boris Said was the highest qualifier starting the race in 13th.
Not exactly a stellar performance from any of them.
It is true that both of the dominant drivers in Sunday?s race at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose and Juan Montoya came from strong road race backgrounds. Ambrose is a former champion of the Australian Super Car Series and Montoya is a veteran of both Formula 1 and the Indy Car Series. But both of these guys have been racing the full NASCAR schedule for a number of years now.
For some reason there are still Sprint Cup team owners who are willing to hire ?specialists? for just the two road races each year. This, in spite of the obvious fact that no one, no matter how much talent they may have in other forms of racing, can come in to this series only once or twice a year and expect to be competitive.
While on the subject of Watkins Glen, this race, called the ?Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen?, gets my vote for the single worst name of any race, anywhere, anytime!
This past Saturday was an especially good one for couch potato race fans. You had a full day of diversified action on the tube. It all started at Watkins Glen with NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying, followed by Sprint Cup qualifying, and then you went right into the Nationwide Series race. Then you could catch the tape delayed coverage of the World of Outlaws King?s Royal sprint car race from Tony Stewart?s Eldora Speedway.
After the sprint cars it was back to Watkins Glen for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series ?Crown Royal 200?. And finally, you could finish out the night with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ?Nashville 200? at Nashville Superspeedway.
Something like 12 straight hours of racing on TV, covering five different race series on three different race tracks.
Who says there?s nothing good on TV anymore?
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