The Frontstretch: Road Course Raging by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday August 14, 2006

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Road Course Raging

Nextel Cup Making the Grade-Watkins Glen · Dennis Michelsen · Monday August 14, 2006


Pace Laps
Kristen Chenoweth was amazing singing the National Anthem! I am so used to that cute voice with the heavy accent during her former role on West Wing that I never expected such a great singing voice! That was an inspirational singing, indeed!

Why can't they change Infineon Speedway around to race more like Watkins Glen?

This is not Kurt Busch's year for breaks.

Race Grade: A
Now that was some exciting road course racing! The races at old Riverside Raceway were always entertaining, and Watkins Glen has been similar the last few years. Now, if we can only get NASCAR to fix Infineon…

F for Greg Biffle
Between bad luck and bad driving, this race was a disaster for Biffle. You can just about stick a fork in his chances to make the Chase!

D for Joe Nemechek's Luck
People keep bouncing off poor Joe. Will this guy ever get a break during the 2006 season? Maybe he needs to have his sponsor send some Special Forces guys to give him an escort the rest of the season.

C for Kyle Petty
Kyle had a solid “B” going until that late spin. I hope this team can turn it around before Petty retires so the newer fans will learn that this guy really can race!

B for Tony Stewart
Smoke actually looked like he was having fun on Sunday again! This has been a roller coaster ride of a season for Stewart, but if he can keep the positive attitude going, he can make a run for the title in the Chase.

A for Kevin Harvick
This team has really turned it around in the past year, which shows why Harvick signed up for more years at RCR. Never thought of as a Road Course ace, Harvick's runs have been strong in the past, and this week he got to the finish without a problem!

Extra Credit
Robby Gordon deserves a little extra credit for showing us how NASCAR drivers can put it out on the edge! His performance in both the Busch and Cup races were incredible. If this guy ever gets his equipment to match his bravado, he could be Top 10 material someday.

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