--More can be done. Despite the rave reviews that The Glen received for all it's saftey improvements, I'm not completely sold on it. Yes, the paving of the gravel traps was awesome. Yes, they put up safer barriers. But why is it that these track operators don't see to understand that you can't have walls angled back towards the racing surface? If anybody else saw the Nationwide race on Saturday (or last year's Cup Race @ The Glen) you know what I'm talking about.
--Winning is the best medicine. Although it wasn't that oval win that Montoya so desperately covets, it was a tremendous shot in the arm for his relationship with crew chief Brian Pattie. Having a nearly-untouchable car beneath you and having flawless pit stops all day will always go a long way in helping a driver forgive and forget.
--Earnhardt/Ganassi is the real deal. As of right now, the two EGR cars have 2 more wins than the 4 Roush cars and 1 more win than the 3 car stable at RCR. McMurray leads the series in poles, is tied for 2nd in the wins category, is tied for 3rd in top 5's, and has led the 9th highest number of laps this year. He also climbed within 93 points of the chase cutoff with 4 races to go. Meanwhile, JPM sits 6th on the laps led list and has had a number of top 5 finshes spoiled this year due to bad strategy, brain farts, or tough luck. If these two can come out of the gate strong and consistent next year, the they will be Chase contenders for sure.
--Sometimes practice doesn't mean s***. Greg Biffle paced both practice sessions on Friday, just one week after his triumph in Pocono. However, come raceday, Biffle had no better than an 8th to 15th place car. After mid-race contact coming out of turn 1, Biffle's car became even worse and he struggled home to a 24th place finish.
--Something's not right with the 5 team. After winning 5 races last year and finishing runner-up to you-know-who, Mark Martin has been a ghost this year. I'm not even gonna begin to speculate, in detail, about why this is happening (Kahne rumors? off-season personnel changes?). I just hope, for Mark's sake, that they find some consistency and squeeze their way into the Chase.....otherwise, their 2010 campaign will be remembered as one of the biggest let-downs in recent history.
That's all for this week. Any thoughts?
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