The Frontstretch: Long and Winding Bore- Making the Grade Infineon by Dennis Michelsen -- Tuesday June 28, 2005

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Long and Winding Bore- Making the Grade Infineon

Dennis Michelsen · Tuesday June 28, 2005


Pace Laps

Maybe Kyle Petty said it best, this place is set up to look good on TV, but not race good. Perhaps it is time to change all that, and have good racing that looks so-so.

This race was a definite NO vote for those that want to see a Road Course race in the final ten races of the season.

Race Grade: *C-*

I came close to giving this race a failing grade this week.

*F* for the Budweiser Team

When you have to make sure you finish a race to get back in the hunt for the Chase, using an unproven transmission is not a wise choice. Perhaps Steve Hmiel asked his son for advice on this one!

*D* for Hendrick Motorsports

No other team suffered through more equipment issues during the day. When your lead team has a chance to limit how many good teams are in the Chase, it does not make sense to take a chance on unproven parts!

*C* for Bobby Labonte

This race could have turned into another disaster, but Bobby’s cool demeanor helped the team rally to an 18th place finish.

*B* for Ricky Rudd

This cagey veteran proved he has more left in his tank. Rudd will end up driving for a good team again next year to have one more run at a win in this series.

*A* for Tony Stewart

Despite having all kinds of problems this season, Stewart has shown a stubborn refusal to lose! This week, he raced hard but clean, and showed alot of patience getting past Ricky Rudd for his first win of the year. If this team gets its equipment issues sorted out, Tony is in Championship form!

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