The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : Bristol "2" (Magnificent Matt!) by Dennis Michelsen -- Monday August 28, 2006

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Making the Grade : Bristol "2" (Magnificent Matt!)

Dennis Michelsen · Monday August 28, 2006


Pace Laps

Great ovation by the fans Friday night at the Busch race, giving the Marine who was Grand Marshal a standing ovation…when a marine is brought to tears, you know the moment was moving!

Also a great patriotic display by Bristol Motor Speedway with the ultra cool card section…one of the biggest I have ever seen in my life!

Race Grade: B-

Grading this one on a curve…but based on past Bristol races, it was not that exciting!

F for AAA Pit Crew

Every week this season, they pick one stop to screw up bad! This week, while Mark Martin took the blame for pitting out of his box, his team should have caught the error! It wasn't even close! Martin would be locked into the Chase if anyone other than the “Keystone Cops” pitted his car.

D for Chase Format

Way to go, NASCAR…you found a way to screw up the Bristol night race! The Chase format has too many teams points racing, and caused a lackluster show at the track.

C for Petty Enterprises

The team got both cars a Top 10 starting position, but once again, they had trouble finishing the deal on race day. This team has made great strides this season, at least, and should be closer to their old ways sooner rather than later!

B for Kyle Busch

Raced aggressive but smart all night! A guy in the next row back from me at Bristol Motor Speedway had a great response when the crowd booed the Shrub in driver introductions. “He can't help it that his brother is a a$Sh%#@!”

A for Matt Kenseth

An amazing Bristol sweep with aggressive passes for the lead makes this guy the man to beat in the Chase. Just a few weeks ago, this team seemed listless, but all of a sudden, someone woke Matt up!

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