The Frontstretch: Nextel Cup Making the Grade: California (Snoring) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday February 27, 2006

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Nextel Cup Making the Grade: California (Snoring)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday February 27, 2006


Pace Laps

Why didn’t Jewel sing the National Anthem?

Great to see Shav Glick, the legendary sportswriter, give the command, instead of some Hollywood phony with a show on Fox!

Race Grade: C+

Greg Biffle turned this one into a yawner, but it’s a good thing it wasn’t the Auto Club 400, or it would have received a flunking grade!

F for Fantasia

How did she win "Idol’? Remember Fantasia"¦the anthem is about our COUNTRY, not about YOU! Also while you are doing your theatrics to make yourself seem more important than you are, remember that some people would like to sing along… because they love their country!

D for Greg Biffle’s Luck

Greg stunk up the show for 400 miles, and then his car stunk up the place when the motor went poof! Perhaps Biff drew the short straw this week when they were handing out motors over at Roush Racing!

C for Brian Vickers

Driver and team fought real hard to come back from a pit road speeding penalty. If Vickers can pick up the program just a little bit, he won’t hear footsteps from the Hendrick development drivers!

B for Casey Mears

Maybe that Havoline paint job on the 42 car is channeling the talent of Davey Allison to its new driver! Casey went from almost being booted out of a ride last season to the best driver Ganassi has in the stable. There is no doubt this kid has talent when he gets a car that works all day!

A for Matt Kenseth

Had the second best car Sunday, but took advantage when the best car, his teammate, couldn’t make it the distance. Matt stayed out of trouble all day driving a smart race with a strong car. He is back in Championship form again!

Extra Credit for JJ Yeley

Not only did he finish in eighth place, but also he looked good doing it! Here is another guy with a lot of talent in sprint cars that might finally be putting it all together in the bigger stock cars. Gibbs Racing got criticized for putting Yeley in this ride, but now it is looking like a great move.

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Colin Baird
02/28/2006 04:47 AM

With all of the empty seats, attendance would also rate an F.

Micheal Ferguson
02/28/2006 07:36 AM

I’m tempted to say you’re simply racist in your acessment of Fantasia. I’m not even a black person and I thought she sang the anthem beautifully.

02/28/2006 07:53 AM

I couldn’t agree with you more regarding the National Anthem. That is one song NOT OPEN to artist interpretation!! Unfortunately, Na$car lets people get away with it much to often.

Mike Alexander
02/28/2006 09:59 AM

Tony had a better car than Matt also. But congrats to Matt. By the way have you noticed that the headlines have drifted over to the dupont boys 13th place run. WOW!!!!!!!

02/28/2006 06:54 PM

“Snoring” is sure the best description of Sunday’s race. I actually slept thru most of it. It had to be the most boring race ever held. But then most of them are getting that way.


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