The Frontstretch: Making the Grade: Bristol (Bristol Bop) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday March 27, 2006

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Making the Grade: Bristol (Bristol Bop)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday March 27, 2006


Pace Laps

Classy National Anthem performance by Diamond Rio"¦too many times famous folks try to make the song all about them!

Nothing like old-fashioned short track racing to rev up what has been a boring product this season.

Can you imagine how amazing this place would be if they bring the high groove racing back like the old days at Bristol?

Race Grade: A-
It is always a good show at Bristol, but sometimes that doesn’t always translate to the television coverage. Fox was on the top of their game catching the hottest action, which is sometimes hard to do here.

F for Brent Sherman
Your first Nextel Cup race can be tough at Bristol; this place can literally eat rookies for lunch! But Sherman made more revolutions than a tilt-a-whirl Sunday…can you imagine how crazy of a day he will have at Dover later this year?

D for Jimmie Johnson
Once again Jimmie was his own worst enemy with bad luck a close second. Why did he try to force the issue to get his lap back on that restart? That took a day of playing catch up and turned it into a disaster. This is the kind of performance that explains why he has not won the Nextel Cup yet.

C for Ken Schrader
The overall finish of 24th gets him an average grade. However, his performance to get one of his two laps back the hard way earns him a little extra credit, and shows why Kenny is still one of the better drivers in the business!

B for Kevin Harvick
Earned his first Top 10 of the season, but can he come back to life on the larger tracks again soon? Also, Happy Harvick gets a little extra credit for handling the "Silly Season" rumors in stride!

A for Kurt Busch
Neither the Blue Deuce nor Kurt are strangers to Victory Lane at Bristol. Rallying from early tire trouble to take back the lead in the final laps was fun to watch. Kurt also earns extra credit for a unique theme-based celebration with his "Snow Angel." Look out for paybacks for that bump and run next week though!

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03/29/2006 01:54 AM

Luv your stuff Denny keep it up see ya in Los!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rich W
03/29/2006 05:43 AM

Too many times they make the singing of our National Anthem sound like a audition for the Grand Ol’ Opry.


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