"View From the Flagstand: Watkins Glen"
Posted by Gene Haddock on August 10, 2010
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This week's View comes from the new and improved Watkins Glen. Management made a lot of much needed safety improvements here, and we seemed to have a lot less cautions this year. There are still plenty of 1962ish steel guard rails to be seen at the track, though.
Juan Montoya calmed down enough to dominate on Sunday for his second career Cup win. He has now won on both of the road courses that the Cup Series visits each year.
Marcos Ambrose won on Saturday at the Glen and had a strong third place showing on Sunday. Jamie McMurray started second, led the first five laps, and wound up in sixth place. AJ Allmendinger hung out in the top-5 all day, and scored an impressive fourth place finish. Andy Lally kept his #71 Chevy on the lead lap, and passed Mark Martin at the end for 18th.
Is the old Tony Stewart returning? He hasn't won, or been on probation for awhile now. He appeared to dump Boris Said for no other reason than he didn't want to have to pass him clean if Said got by him.
Are all the lug nuts on tight at Hendrick? Two weeks ago at Indy HMS had no top-10 finishers, out of their four entries. Sunday at the Glen, Jeff Gordon finishing 10th is all that kept it from happening again. This is the time of year (pre-Chase) when Jimmie Johnson's #48 team normally would be on cruise control. Unless they are testing exotic set-ups, and I could see them still winning 3-4 Chase races, the Lowes team looks ripe for the taking.
How many cameras does ESPN use to cover a race? Two? Three? Sure you're not going to catch every wreck, or every pass, but these last two weeks have been brutal with the missed shots. Even worse, sometimes it seems that they have a camera perfectly focused on the action.... and they yank it away just as something is fixing to jump off.
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