It's probably just me, but there are very few tracks where rubber band racing doesn't bother me at all, and Pocono is the only place I remember over the last couple years that I wasn't aware of the size (or lack thereof) of the crowd. Actually, I did notice the sparsity, but only after the restart post red flag. Of course, I couldn't know if that was due to the long rain delay.
I attribute this to the fact that she, the track i.e, has style and grace. Maybe Pocono should be called 'The Lady in Black' instead of Darlington. I love the track 'too tough to tame', and, although it may have style, I wouldn't say it has much grace. Or maybe I just have 'Tom Jones Syndrome'.
If anyone was unsure about driver 18 before, they now know you can't give him an inch because he will take 1/4 of 1% of a 400 mile race. However, I believe the same thing about driver 11.
8.7.66: At Atlanta, while Junior Johnson's 'yellow banana' and Smokey Yunick's Chevelle ' both wildly tricked out ' passed prerace inspection, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett and LeeRoy Yarbrough went home after failing. Their owners refused to make the necessary changes to their cars.
Fair is fair, and since I haven't mentioned Nascar (up until just then), I chalk that up to them having done a good job. Thanks.
If Ned was in the booth we'd know what's up with Andy Santerre.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden's 'Forty Years of Stock Car Racing', Richard Sowers' 'The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing'.
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