The Frontstretch: Pouncing on the Paperclip- Martinsville Cup Making the Grade by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday April 11, 2005

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Pouncing on the Paperclip- Martinsville Cup Making the Grade

Dennis Michelsen · Monday April 11, 2005


Pace Laps
Another veteran bites the dust with Sterling Marlin likely to be replaced by another “Younger” gun

Great to see the soldiers in Iraq giving the command to start engines…they also did a better job than the pampered celebrity that usually gets the assigment

Old time tracks always have one thing that the new tracks can’t replace…traditions! Whether it is a grandfather clock as a trophy or lining the cars up on the Frontstretch, Martinsville is full of tradition!

F for Gibb’s Racing
A broken wheel and a bum cylinder are the latest additions to the list of horrors the Gibbs’ teams have dealt with this year. If it weren’t for bad luck they would have no luck at all.

D for Hermie Sadler’s Luck
Isn’t it bad enough to have a team so under funded racing against the big boys…do they really have to have teams spin in front of them too? I am starting to find myself rooting for this team since they work so hard just to make the show!

C for Petty Racing
Another passing grade for both Petty teams with finishes of 18th and 22nd. Sure it is not that great, but it is a huge improvement for two awful teams last season!

B for Kasey Kahne
Last year the short tracks gave Kahne fits, this season he has showed he is learning from his mistakes. When this kid finally learns how to put it all together for a win they might win seven or eight in a row!

A for Jeff Gordon
Rallying from three laps down after a loose tire was an amazing feat. If he had driven a little cleaner he might have grabbed an “A+”. Hey Jeff a little advice, watch out for the 97 at Richmond!

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04/13/2005 04:47 PM
Dang right Kahne deserves a B grade! Best look out because I agree…once he starts winning he’ll be hard to stop.

Watch out for the Kahne Train
04/13/2005 05:02 PM
A B for Kahne is right! He is going to get his 1st win soon and I agree, they’re going to keep coming.

Good luck Kasey
04/14/2005 10:12 AM
Rubberhead needs to have his attitude checked. He is just a paper champion anyways. He needs to move over and let the real champion go on by. Look at the replay he tried to block jeff and paid the price. Jeff gordon deserves an A+ just for putting rubberhead in the wall, Jeff’s driving at martinsville was true champion all of the way. If helton would not have changed the points system, Jeff would be working on #6 right now.


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