Wow, this was the most exciting race of the season! Never mind my driver, Dale Jr., was knocked out, it was just an exciting race to watch. Lead change after lead change by so many drivers all over the track, I’m sure NASCAR is happy with this new car. As a fan, I am.
Tires were an issue, beginning with the first practice when Junior blew a tire, throughout the weekend as they exploded for no apparent reason. I’m interested to hear what Goodyear has to say because this was the same tire they used in the spring, but didn’t experience the same problem.
Earnhardt was taken out by three Rousch cars. I’m not kidding! The top three Rousch cars driven by Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle teamed up and wrecked Jr. Seriously. Ok, maybe that’s not exactly how it happened. Edwards hooked Biffle’s bumper while trying to bump draft him into the lead, sending Biffle into Kenseth which effectively blocked the track in front of Jr. I bet Jack Rousch had a cow when that happened.
It was nice to see Tony Stewart get his first win at ‘Dega, but I still think there’s an argument that he forced Regan Smith below the line. If you didn’t see it, Tony was leading coming out of the tri-oval when Ragan went low for the pass. Tony moved low to block him, forcing Regan below the out-of-bounds line. Regan crossed the finish line first, but NASCAR said the pass was illegal and relegated him to 18th place, the last car on the lead lap.
I can’t say enough about how exciting that race was to watch, 3 cars wide all the way through the field at 200mph bouncing around like ping-pong balls in a box with a vibrator. You could be leading at turn one and be in 30th by turn three. I was just a fantastic race to watch.
Did you notice all the empty seats? I can’t recall a time when I’ve seen so many empty seats at a Cup race. The economy and fuel shortage in the south is really hurting some of these tracks right now.
Next week they’ll be back home at Charlotte and I can’t wait for that one. I also can’t wait for next year when Stewart will be with his own team and a part of Hendrick Motorsports. It’ll be nice to have him back in a Chevy where he belongs.