The Frontstretch: Making the Grade : California Squinting by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday September 7, 2005

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Making the Grade : California Squinting

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday September 7, 2005


Pace Laps

Why is it considered  "Exciting" to scream the command to start engines as if your face is on fire? A nice, dignified and/or clever command is much better than having yet another NBC TV Preview by someone that wouldn’t know a lugnut from a hickory nut!

I must be getting old…who is Josh Kelly?

At Dodger games it is fashionable to arrive late and leave early…I guess at California, at NASCAR events such as the Busch race it is just fashionable not to show up at all! At least they had a full crowd for the Cup date they stole from the Southern 500.

F for Brian France 

Some will say "Let it go" or that this is old news, but I will continue to be irritated about losing the charm and tradition of the Southern 500 every Labor Day from here on out! Don’t worry, I felt the same way when baseball took away my 4th of July doubleheader, too, and I still have not gotten over that one!

D for Jeff Gordon 

 My new theory about the 24 team…with less spoiler, we have learned that Jeff Gordon is just not that good on a hot track surface when the car starts to slip and slide. Will they put together a collection of his "Greatest Whines" after the season is over?

C for  NBC Coverage

 I miss having Allen Bestwick doing the play-by-play this year. Overall, the NBC coverage has been a step down from their efforts of previous years…but to be fair, they did raise the bar rather high last season!

B for Ricky Rudd 

 There is no argument that this team is not as well funded as their competition, yet Rudd continues to come on strong.  This weekend was just further proof that Ricky shouldn’t be talking about retiring just yet! Finishing ninth with the extra baggage of a heavy heart after losing his Dad earlier in the week is amazing.

 A for Kyle Busch

 Four years ago a writer for the Tuscon, Arizona newspaper told me that Kyle Busch was a better driver than his older broither Kurt. Since his brother has already won a Nextel Cup championship, that makes it rather scary just how good this "Shrub" will be in the years ahead!

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09/06/2005 08:36 PM
Don’t feel bad Dennis…I have no idea who Josh Kelly is either!
M. B. Voelker
09/07/2005 09:31 AM
I have to think that Cup drivers sometimes wake up in a cold sweat over the thought of Kyle Busch with 5 years of experience.
09/07/2005 02:00 PM
Sorry. Can’t agree less about your Allen Bestwick comment. He can’t control a three man race day booth, or a four man NASCAR Monday night show either. He is an excellent pit reporter. Though I’m not a huge fan of Bill Weber in the booth either, the total broadcast is unquestionably better than last year by swapping spots. Having Allen in the pits does show the weakness of the other pit reporters more quickly than before too, especially Matt Yocum…none of whom, besides Dave Burns, cut through the noise as well as Bestwick.
09/08/2005 01:28 AM
“Greatest Whines” LMAO!!!!

PS I miss Alan, too…even more so since he’s now been displaced by Dave Despain on INC…UGH!! It just won’t be the same. Ever.


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