The Frontstretch: Five Points to Ponder: Milwaukee/Infineon Edition by Mike Lovecchio -- Monday June 22, 2009

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Five Points to Ponder: Milwaukee/Infineon Edition

Mike Lovecchio · Monday June 22, 2009


Edwards getting hot

A lot has already been said of Carl Edwards’ winless start to the season in both the Cup and Nationwide Series’ after dominating both one year ago. Less and less ink has been wasted in the past month though as Edwards has slowly turned the corner. On the Cup side, the Missouri native parlayed four consecutive top 10s prior to a near-top 10 at the topsy turvy road course in Sonoma, Ca this weekend. But the proverbial monkey that’s been on Edward’s back all season finally leapt off Saturday night when he powered from the back of the pack to the front and by Kyle Busch for the win at Milwaukee. Edwards must find a way now to keep the momentum going in both series as he chases down Busch in Nationwide and needs wins for crucial bonus points when it comes time for the Chase on the Cup side.

Long day for ‘Dinger

A.J. Allmendinger, in need of a good run after a hot start to the season had gone sour, had high expectations coming into Sunday’s race after posting the fastest speed in Happy Hour. It wasn’t exactly the day Allmendinger expected, but in the end the former CART driver posted a solid seventh place finish. Fighting back from a flat tire that sent him a lap down and a spin after contact with race leader Denny Hamlin, the ‘Dinger got back on the lead lap and raced his way to the front. He picked his moments to attack and showed patience at a time cars were spinning off track routinely. While the solid finish may have been a result of his road course racing abilities, he can only hope the top 10 finish is the shot in the arm the No. 44 team needs to recapture its early season success.

Class Act

When Kurt Busch got dumped by Jimmie Johnson in the second half of Sunday’s race everybody in the Frontstretch live blog assumed Busch would have a few choice words for the 3-time defending champion. That wasn’t the case as Busch offered up a classy post-race interview and even shook hands with the driver who turned him. Hopefully baby brother can take a few pointers from Kurt. He fought back for a top 15 at a time when Kyle may have thrown in the towel. That’s the difference between a champion and a driver with loads of talent, but little respect.

Richard Petty celebrates with driver Kasey Kahne in victory lane, but there was plenty of celebrating to go around with three RPM cars in the top 10.

The King returns to Victory Lane

Sure it was cool to see Kasey Kahne in Victory Lane after a year long drought, but for me it was even greater to see Richard Petty get his first win as owner since April 18, 1999. It was a day Richard Petty Motorsports got its first win, but it was also a day where three RPM cars recorded top 10 finishes (Sadler – 10th; Allmendinger – 7th). RPM has cooled down since its impressive season debut at Daytona, but days like this are big for a team without a driver in the Chase, and a manufacturer – Dodge – that has struggled all season. LIVE BLOG comment of the race

Each week, I will further expand on some of the more interesting fan comments from our weekly LIVE Cup race blog. Here’s one of the more interesting comments from this week’s blog:

I wonder what he will say after the race.
— speeddemon787 on contact between Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr.

Kyle Busch has reason to be upset this season as he is now just 43 points from falling out of the Chase despite three wins. It’s not the type of success he expected after a dominant season across the board in 2008. But the problem I have had with Busch lately is his comments the past few weeks in the Truck and Nationwide Series where he says his team, “Shows up to finish second.” Now, Busch wants wins, I understand that. But these Nationwide and Truck crew members want a win much more than a guy coming down from Cup to race against drivers and teams with less money. Just because you finish second (a good position when you are racing for a CHAMPIONSHIP) don’t make it seem like your team isn’t trying its hardest when its obviously the best team in the business.

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06/22/2009 08:12 AM

Racing isn’t about being classy. Kurt should have punched ole JJ right in the mouth.This PC crap and those who endorse it are what wrong with racing today.

06/22/2009 08:28 AM

Right on ezrider714, JJ knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he drove the curb!

Just more “polite” racing for points!

(oh, I’m so sorry I took you out! Oh, ok, no problem!)

Just so funny!

And isn’t it a shame that before the race drivers actually stated they were “just driving for the points”, NOT the WIN?

Yep, REAL RACING allright!


Bill B
06/22/2009 12:36 PM

EZ and Douglas,
As I have said numerous times, as long as everyone is getting rich there will be no grudges. Millionaires don’t throw punches, they hire lawyers as the laugh all the way to the bank.
You are comparing today’s drivers that make millions to drivers of yesterday that lived from paycheck to paycheck. If Jimmy’s move would have meant Kurt’s family would be eating macaroni and cheese all week then you would have seen a punch.

Kevin in SoCal
06/22/2009 12:57 PM

You guys must be hockey fans as well. I’m not.
I dont think JJ hit KB on purpose. I think he cut the corner too sharply trying to get around Busch, and the curb got his car loose.

06/22/2009 01:51 PM

The only way Carl knows how to race is by wrecking the drivers in front of him. That includes his own teammates, friends or enemies. He’s a friggin’ wreck looking for a place to happen. He should go back to trucks where he belongs.

06/23/2009 12:12 AM

Really, the only reason Carl finished in front of his teammates Matt and Biff was because he was a punter while the other two were the puntees courtesy of Boris ‘divebomber’ Said and Jeff Gordon, respectively.

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