The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Michigan (Irish Showers) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday June 19, 2006

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Making the Grade : Michigan (Irish Showers)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday June 19, 2006


Pace Laps

Shouldn't fans get a rebate for a rain-shortened race?

Look at that! Goodyear finally hit the tire combo right…I am sure they will change compounds before August, though!

FOX did a better job than usual with "Rain Delay Theatre;" the delay didn't seem as long as it actually was at the beginning of the race!

Race Grade: B+
Good racing at Michigan; just not enough of it!

F for Maw Nature
Come on Mother Nature, it's not nice to mess with NASCAR races! If you are going to rain on our races, at least do it on weekends when the racing is boring. This one had the potential to be a classic finish, but we shall never know thanks to you, Maw.

D for Jeremy Mayfield and the No. 19 Team
Both Jeremy and the team get thrown into this poor grade together. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether poor runs are mostly a driver or a team thing. One thing’s for sure; there is a horrible lack of team chemistry here.

C for Sterling Marlin
It has been a tough year for the No. 14 Waste Management Chevy, so finishing on the lead lap earns a passing grade this week. It was good to see Sterling running up front in the early going, but the team's lack of consistency in adjusting to the track was obvious and dropped their finishing position and their grade.

B for Carl Edwards
Cousin Carl had a fast car on Sunday after a lackluster effort in qualifying on Friday. Edwards and Crew Chief Wally Brown seem to have clicked quickly. Once again, Jack Roush looks like a genius for making a Crew Chief swap that helped one team while not hurting another!

A for Kasey Kahne
Despite the rain shortened finish, there was still justice in that the best car won the race. Kasey has stepped up his game this season and has a great rapport with his crew on making the right adjustments. This is the kind of team that can get hot in the Chase format later in the year!

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