The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Chicagoland (Bump and Run) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday July 10, 2006

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Making the Grade : Chicagoland (Bump and Run)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday July 10, 2006


Pace Laps

Maybe we need the Blues Brothers to sing a new song…”Sweet Aero-Tight Chicago!”

Can you imagine those Chicago folks in the far south burbs that are not into NASCAR seeing a B-52 Bomber making a low and slow pass over their community? I bet a few people thought that Wisconsin was bringing in the heavy-duty bombers to deal with those FIBS!

Can't a major market like Chicago get a better singer for the anthem?

Race Grade: C+
I was hoping for a better race, but either the harder tires or the “aero tight” condition made it another fast parade at Chicagoland. Hopefully the Car of Tomorrow will lead to better racing at this kind of track in the future.

F for Fan's Behavior
Hey, folks, I know some of you were upset with the finish, but throwing stuff on to the track just makes all NASCAR fans look like bumpkins! Must have been a lot of White Sox fans that made the trip to Joliet this year!

D for NBC Coverage
Someone give Bill Weber some caffeine before a broadcast, please! You know, Bill and gang, you are our eyes at the track. We expect to hear about who is coming into the pits, but we never hear you guys tell us about anything unless the camera catches it and puts it on the air!

C for Mark Martin
After a start to the season that had me convinced Mark had a shot to go out in style, now I am wondering if he will find a way to back himself out of the Chase! This team needs a wake up call and needs to get Mark running in the Top 5, not the Top 18!

B for Jeff Gordon
This was a great performance on a track type this team has struggled with in the past. Dumping Kenseth, however, can give you a win but not an "A" on “Making the Grade!”

A for Jeff Burton
The winless drought continues with Jeff, but it was good to see this cagey veteran racing for the win after taking the pole on Friday. With the momentum this team has, it won't be long before we see his wife Kim crying again as Burton heads back to Victory Lane!

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Richard Irion
07/11/2006 06:00 AM

Could it be that Mark Martin is just treading water because he knows the real race for the championship does not begin until the last ten races? After all that has always been his style. All he wants now is to get in.

Jeff Gordon was going to win that race anyway on Sunday but his actions against Kenseth will only diminish his image that much more among real NASCAR fans. There is the possibility Gordon has won his last championship. He looks a bit desperate.

07/11/2006 07:42 AM

Don’t forget the D- for Kenseth’s repeated blocking attempts including the one where he ran the 24 all the way from the top of the track to the apron on that restart. Talk about Nascar missing a penalty for aggressive driving.

07/11/2006 02:46 PM

and a D- to gordon for laying back on the restart.he doesnt lay back and he gets no run on kenseth and doesnt get blocked. nascar whould have penalized him for laying back, so a D- to them also

07/12/2006 09:02 AM

Great call on the fact it was ChiSox fans throwing the debris! LOL – I love it…Go Cubs!

Please tell me ESPN/ABC will right the wrong from a couple years ago and return Allen Bestwick to play by play duties next year? Please? And leave Weber to work on “investigative” stories for Dateline – get him away from the race track!


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