The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Atlanta (er, Wetlanta) by Dennis Michelsen -- Tuesday March 21, 2006

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Making the Grade : Atlanta (er, Wetlanta)

Dennis Michelsen · Tuesday March 21, 2006

 

Pace Laps

Lucky we squeezed that race in Monday, or we might have been racing on Easter weekend!

Much better pit road reporting this week for some reason"¦I wonder what the difference might have been? (Perhaps addition by subtraction?)

I feel sorry for the fans that couldn’t afford to miss a day of work on Monday…but NASCAR did everything they could to try to get the race in on Sunday.

Anyone else getting tired of tire issues so often? The best racers in the world deserve the best tire every week!

Race Grade: B+
Slowing the racing down a little and giving these guys a tire that can last for a whole fuel run would help raise this to an "A."

F for Goodyear
Go ahead and blame it on either setups or a "Green" track, but we see tire woes too often in NASCAR racing. Even good ol’ D.W. was getting a wee bit frustrated this week since the harder tire compounds seemed to bring back a usual problem!

D for Carl Edward’s Spotter or Crew Chief
Someone should have been more aware of what was going on as Carl tried to exit pit road. This was not the first close call of the day, but no one seemed to take charge and let Edwards ruin what could have been a great day with a collision on pit road.

C for Reed Sorenson
An example of what can happen in Nextel Cup racing if you manage to stay out of trouble all day. Reed’s 10th place finish was more a case of survival than an outstanding day, but this is the kind of good finish on a so-so day that rookie drivers need.

B for Mark Martin
Mark is starting to look real happy and sound real positive every week"¦this is big trouble for the competition. Perhaps in his second try at retiring, Mark will go out with that championship that has eluded him for too long.

A for Kasey Kahne
There was no doubting Kasey’s talent since he has been racing at the Nextel Cup level. But it often seemed that Kasey could find more ways to beat himself than anyone else around. Now he has learned patience and has started to take great care of his tires. Look out if this trend continues, because Kasey has the talent and equipment to win a championship!

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Cheryl
03/21/2006 12:52 PM
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Great comment about the “missing” pit reporter! I didn’t miss her at all! We’re still wondering if Matt Kenseth got penalized for that “spare engine” at LV.

SB8
03/21/2006 08:11 PM
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Thanks Dennis right on as usual!!!

 

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