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Dennis Michelsen · Monday September 19, 2005
The NASCAR official that sang the National Anthem did a better job then some people that supposedly sing for a living!
Isn’t it time that NBC brought their "First String" play-by-play guy Allen Bestwick back for the playoffs?
The command to start engines lacked creativity, emotion, excitement, and generally anything you would associate with stock car racing!
All they could spare for the flyover was a Warthog and a KC 135?
Maybe it is just a coincidence…but the NHL is back, and lately NASCAR is looking more like the NHL than racing sometimes! I went to a race and a hockey game (fight) broke out!
Race Grade: B
Most of the race was dominated by Tony Stewart and turned into a snooze on the front end. But there was more passing than usual for NHIS and the end was great, so let’s bump the grade up to a solid "B".
F for Robby Gordon
Why doesn’t NASCAR suspend this guy for 2 or 3 races? This is not the first time Robby has been a jerk, but it’s perhaps his best display of bad manners! Hey, Robby: this isn’t a demolition derby, although your driving style would be right at home there!
D for Kasey Kahne
Kasey looked a little foolish when he had his temper tantrum and tried to wreck Kyle Busch’s car…especially when he didn’t cause any damage! The truthful and entertaining interview after the incident was refreshing, though!
C for Bobby Labonte
At times he ran a little stronger Sunday, but once again he couldn’t manage a better finish than 24th place. This team needs to make major changes for 2006.
B for Tony Stewart
Smoke had the most dominant car all day, but the late race contact with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. seemed to hurt the car’s handling. The late race caution didn’t do him any favors either!
A for Ryan Newman
Sometimes you earn the top grade for winning with the second best car, just like Ryan did this week! It paid to be lucky and good with the late race cautions giving Ryan Newman a chance to rally for the win!
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