The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Martinsville (One Lane Highway) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday October 24, 2005

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Making the Grade : Martinsville (One Lane Highway)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday October 24, 2005


Pace Laps

Jamie O’Neal did such a poor job on the anthem that now I know why there is no Arizona!

It is pretty pathetic that Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman can’t get along at all. They had to have Mr. Penske tell each guy to be gracious to his teammate on pit road…what a shame.

Race Grade B-

Martinsville needs to consider graduated banking to make the track racier. Perhaps a call to the good folks at Irwindale Speedway for advice is in order.

F for Brian Vickers’ Luck

Word is that Vickers ride is in jeopardy, and once again he is the only Hendrick car having a mechanical failure. Maybe the curse of the 25 car is still as strong as the Cub’s goat curse!

D for Roush Racing

They managed to use pit strategy to salvage a 6th and a 12th-place finish with Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth, but otherwise, their cars were awful. Maybe sending only one team to
test wasn’t such a good idea this time.

C for Travis Kvapil

It has been a struggle to find anything close to consistency for this
team. But a lead lap finish at a tough track was a sign that Travis
belongs at the Cup level.

B for Denny Hamlin and Gibbs Racing

Rallying from several problems not of his doing, Hamlin showed he is for real and deserves a shot at Cup soon. Strong efforts by Bobby Labonte and an amazing run by Tony Stewart (and 52 points by the Redskins) made it a great Sunday!

A for Jeff Gordon

He didn’t have the best car all day, but he was strong when it counted at the end. Next week will be the true test for how well the new crew chief has learned to speak Gordon-ese though.

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10/25/2005 03:34 PM
Why is Brian Vickers’ job in jeopardy once again this season? He is one of the better performing, or at least consistent, Hendrick drivers this season and is 16th in the points right now. To me he has talent and shouldn’t be second guessed about his placement in Hendrick Motorsports all the time.


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