The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Phoenix (Reckless Abandon) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday November 14, 2005

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Making the Grade : Phoenix (Reckless Abandon)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday November 14, 2005


Pace Laps
The single horn for the anthem added some dignity for a special Veteran’s Day weekend of racing!

The race Chaplain sure is a NASCAR guy…he worked more sponsor mentions into his prayer than anyone this side of Mikey Waltrip!

MRN had wonderful timing on their last commercial before going green with advice from Kurt Busch about driving responsibly!

Looks like their “Traffic” person (that’s radio talk) will be looking for work this week!

The Busch broadcast was much better than the Cup broadcast…hmmm…could Bill Weber have been the negative factor?

Speaking of Bill Weber…about halfway through the race when they were doing their usual plug for the Coke drivers he said, “Not bad.” Since the top five Coke drivers were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, and 13th at the time. didn’t they deserve an “awesome?”

F for Kurt Busch
Dumb, dumber, dumbest? When you are about to take over the Miller Lite ride, you might want to think about a designated driver! Two race suspension was a punishment that fits the crime…well, the one he was really guilty of until NASCAR got involved to try to save face.

D for Matt Kenseth’s Luck
Mechanical failure again cost Kenseth a better finish and ended his title chances for 2005.

C for Mark Martin
Mark never could get the right length of run or the right pit strategy to get up front. He did fight hard all day, but an average finish ended his title hopes, too.

B for Greg Biffle
Once again, we see that the fastest car doesn’t always win in NASCAR. Greg had a dominant car, but had to settle for the runner-up role…which might also be the result for him in this year’s championship hunt.

A for Kyle Busch
Drove the wheels off the car when it counted! He also gets credit for rallying from an early green flag pit stop that put him a lap down. Kyle showed patience in getting his way up to the front, then showed the right amount aggresiveness for to get the lead and hold on!

Extra Credit for Bobby Labonte
Showed that he still knows how to race!

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