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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Chicagoland Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday July 13, 2009


The Key Moment: After a series of frantic restarts, Mark Martin on worn tires was able to hold off Jeff Gordon on fresher tires to hand Rick Hendrick an early 60th birthday gift.

In a Nutshell: See Mark run. Run, Mark, run. Doze, fans, doze. Close, Chicago-land, close.

Dramatic Moment: A wild series of events on the restart following the sixth caution flag saw Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Martin, and Brian Vickers battling for the lead during the only vaguely interesting portion of the race.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week

If NASCAR hadn’t thrown three straight unnecessary “debris” cautions, would Mark Martin have lapped the field? True, in any sport there’s going to be occasions when one team completely dominates the others — but it’s still not much fun to watch. The Second City survived the Great Chicago fire. Will it be able to endure the Great Chicago-land Farce?

Thank goodness for the new double file restarts. Without the new rule, Saturday night’s race might have been completely devoid of any interesting moments.

Jeff Burton may not like them, but double-file restarts like this one kept the race somewhat exciting and fans awake on Saturday night.

It’s hard to believe, but at this point last season Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was second in the points.

Some allege that the first automobile race in America occurred in Chicago back in the 1800s. My guess is there were more spectators for that event than showed up in Joliet Saturday night.

Martin Truex, Jr.’s (soon to be ex) team faces penalties this week after his car was found to be too high after the race. Of course, NASCAR said the same thing about Jeremy Mayfield…

I’ve been doing this a long time. I know some Midwesterners are going to take me to task this week pointing out there were some interesting moments in the final 25 laps and claiming that my harsh assessment of the race is due to regional bias. I’m sorry. The race was dreadful. If it took place in the field behind my house at about the halfway point, I’d have turned out the lights, handed Martin the trophy, and told everyone to go the hell home. But, some will argue, Matt, you said last week’s race at Daytona was too intense. Now you’re saying this week’s race was too boring. What exactly do you want? Recall the Goldilocks principle: there’s too hot, there’s too cold, and there’s just right. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough “just right” Saturday night…

This weekend, I think Michael Waltrip offered ample evidence why it’s best he cut back to a limited schedule next year. He couldn’t get out of his own way most of the night, but his car sure managed to get in the leader’s way when they came up to lap him.

It’s interesting. There’s no Cup race next week. And, for all intents and purposes, there was no race this weekend either. Then, the series heads to Indy for what is likely to be another boring race. NASCAR’s Endless Bummer of a Summer is just hitting its stride.

If you’re having the guys over for dinner this week, you might want to seat Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch at separate tables. But once again, Kurt offered his younger brother a primer on how it’s possible to express disappointment and frustration with the outcome of a race and another driver without sounding childish and petty.

Kyle Busch left the track without comment after his 33rd place finish Saturday night. Color me surprised but relieved.

Can this whole Jeremy Mayfield situation get any uglier? NASCAR officials piled on the embattled driver for failing to enter a car for the second straight week after an emergency injunction allowed him to return to the track. So, let’s see. NASCAR’s apparently botched drug test cost Mayfield his sponsor, destroyed his reputation, and gutted him financially, forcing him to lay off ten members of his fledgling team and making him a pariah in the garage area. The owner/driver is now attempting to sell off what’s left of his “inventory” to pay his day-to-day living expenses. Yet wasn’t it only a few months ago Brian France was citing Mayfield’s team making the Daytona 500 as evidence good things were coming out of these tough economic times, opening the doors to new team owners to replace the organizations forced to shut down due to sponsorship woes? At this point, it seems unlikely that Mayfield will ever run another Cup race, much less win another. Ultimately, his last victory might be in a court of law, when NASCAR has to write him a real big check for the hatchet job they did on the journeyman driver. In my opinion, his fellow drivers would still be safer racing against Mayfield than riding home from dinner with Brian France after Happy Hour in his Tyrannosaurus Lexus.

Nyquil is really missing out on an opportunity to become title sponsor of the Joliet Nationwide Series race. Next to Nyquil, Friday night’s event had to be the most effective way to put large numbers of people into such a languorous, comatose sleep that they pissed themselves. I’m a night owl, but I’ll admit I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth just hoping a giant inflatable orange would come rolling down the track to add some merriment to the grim proceedings. Congratulations once again to Kyle Busch for his incredible display of class in the face of defeat. But hey, maybe Joe Gibbs really is giving Joey Logano all the good cars and sticking Kyle with the crap of the fleet. After all, Busch has finished first or second in the last six Nationwide races and has only had one chance to destroy a trophy since his win at Nashville. I’m sure the guys back at the shop working all that overtime appreciate Kyle’s insinuation they aren’t building him very good cars.

Once again, he returns to the scene of the crime. It’s impossible for NASCAR to return to the Chicago area without everyone recalling Jeff Gordon’s infamous mangling of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and his reference to the ballpark as “Wrigley Stadium” rather than “Wrigley Field.” Yeah, even today those YouTube videos of Gordon proving why he chose to be a racer rather than a singer are painful to watch, but it seems to be an odd Cubs tradition to invite celebrities who can’t sing to lead that song in the seventh inning stretch. Certainly, Gordon’s mangled attempt at getting the job done wasn’t any worse than Danica Patrick’s or Ozzy Osbrorne’s hysterically failed attempts at singing the same song. And none of those three could even approach the jaw-dropping disaster that was Mr. T’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while nattily attired in a patriotic pair of Zubas. “Fo it one, two, three strikes, you out, at the old ballgame.” I pity the fool who tries to top that.

Well, Silly Season is certainly heating up as the annual summer news doldrums begin. Questions remain as to the future homes of David Stremme, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, and even former champion Bobby Labonte for the 2010 season.

TNT wrapped up their six-race section of the season on Saturday night. While their coverage was hardly faultless, they put FOX’s efforts earlier in the season to shame. C’mon ESPN, it’s time to step up to the plate and send one out of the park. Just please, for the love of God, don’t start beating fans over the head with the “Race to Chase” story angle. Treat each individual event as a unique and important event unto itself, like you did back in your prime. As for TNT, this year’s media MVP award goes to Kyle Petty, who was informative, self-deprecating, amusing, and brutally honest as he started his first year as a broadcaster with his racing career presumably behind him. Somewhere up there, Benny Parsons is flashing Kyle a big thumbs up.

A lot of folks have taken me to task for not including Big Bill France, the founder of NASCAR, in last week’s column picking my nominations for the first five inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. In my mind, inducting France would be like voting Jimmy Hoffa into the Teamster’s Hall of Fame. Pile whatever platitudes you wish to on Big Bill as a visionary, but the fact is stock car racing existed before he “invented it” just as America existed before Columbus discovered it. France was an egotistical, arrogant bully, not above waving a handgun around to keep drivers supportive of Curtis Turner from entering tracks where his organization was sanctioning a race. He was the fellow that decided to deprive Wendell Scott, African-American pioneer, of celebrating his duly earned victory out of fear that a black driver in Victory Lane with a white beauty queen might touch off rioting at the track. Only after the fans departed was Scott awarded the win. The France family has been an embarrassment to this sport from Jump Street, and it wasn’t Big Bill who was putting his life on the line to draw the crowds in the horrendously dangerous era of the early ’60s (other than a few laps in a highly illegal Ford to show that his new Talladega track was safe despite overwhelming concerns from the drivers). He was just counting the money at the turnstiles and crowing like a just laid rooster. If you’re counting on PC historical revisionism to cover the ugly truth, brother, you’re shopping at the wrong five and dime.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

These double file restarts late in the race just aren’t working out for Jeff Burton, who has been collected in wrecks not of his own making four times since the rule was adopted.

It was a simply horrible night for Kyle Busch, which can only be seen as continuing Karmic payback for his destruction of that guitar at Nashville. He slapped the wall hard, dropped a cylinder, failed in an attempt to grenade an engine leaving the pits, and finally had it expire and cause him to wreck with seven laps left in the race. My guess is it will continue to a tough week for Busch, as the guys in the engine shop throw a blanket party for him to celebrate his John Force-style exit of the his pit stall with an already wounded engine.

Paul Menard had a solid top 10 finish spoiled by contact late in the race. And because the driver that hit him was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., you know in the minds of a lot of fans it was his fault.

Junior, his very own most popular self, seemed to have a solid top 10 run going until his team once again used the opportunity to adjust the car so far into left field the guardian angels of Richard Petty and Junior Johnson couldn’t have kept it in a 40-acre briar patch.

Greg Biffle’s luck was in the pits on Saturday night. He got nailed for speeding entering pit road and was later penalized for a catch can violation.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

For procrastinating fans who chose to attend the race late, apparently there were plenty of good seats left right up until the green flag dropped. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem there were a lot of procrastinating fans out there.

Jeff Gordon narrowly avoided the squabble between teammate Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch late in the race en route to a second place finish. Earlier in the event, Gordon and Carl Edwards got into a little real estate squabble that easily could have ended both their nights.

What didn’t go wrong for Tony Stewart this weekend? His qualifying result was terrible, he had to head back to the pits after his crew dropped a lug nut, and he cut down a tire exiting the pits. Stewart just missed the Earnhardt / Menard mess, too … but he still finished fourth.

Worth Noting

  • A Ford has never won a Cup race at Joliet.
  • Mark Martin’s fourth win of the season is the most among any drivers this year. Oddly enough, Martin won at Michigan and Joliet but missed the top 10 in the three intervening races.
  • Jeff Gordon posted his third second place finish in the last six races.
  • Kasey Kahne’s third place finish was just his second top 5 result in the last eight races, with the other being a win at Sonoma (Infineon).
  • Tony Stewart (fourth) has now strung together seven consecutive top 10 finishes.
  • Denny Hamlin (fifth) has scored top 5 finishes in four of the last five races.
  • Ryan Newman (sixth) returns to the top 10 in the finishing order after a four-week absence.
  • Brian Vickers scored his fifth pole of the season and his second straight seventh place finish this weekend. Best wishes go out to his cousin Denis, who recently redeployed to Afghanistan.
  • Jimmie Johnson’s eighth place finish was his fourth straight top 10 result.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (tenth) hasn’t finished worse than 12th in the last six races.
  • Carl Edwards (14th) has finished outside the top 10 in three of the last four races.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (15th) has finished outside the top 10 in the last 10 races.
  • Kyle Busch (33rd) has just one top 10 result in the last seven Cup races. Maybe his car needs the cop engine and a new cigarette lighter?
  • Jeff Burton posted a DNF for the first time this season. The way his luck is running, he might want to compete in a Cat D9 next week to get through the carnage.
  • The top 10 finishers at Joliet wheeled seven Chevys, a pair of Toyotas, and a Dodge. Carl Edward’s 14th place finish was the best of the Blue Oval Brigade.
  • Joey Logano was the top finishing ROTY back there in 18th.

What’s the Points?

Tony Stewart remains atop the points standings, though second place Jeff Gordon took a nibble out of Stewart’s lead and is now 175 points behind.

Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch hold serve in third and fourth place, respectively, while Denny Hamlin displaces Carl Edwards to take over fifth place in the standings. Ryan Newman remains in seventh.

Kasey Kahne had an outstanding points night, rising four spots to eighth in the standings. On the flip side, Greg Biffle had a terrible points night, plunging four spots and out of Chase contention to 13th spot.

Rounding out the Chasers, Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Martin each gained two positions in the standings to rise to ninth and 11th. Conversely, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each lost two spots, and they are now tenth and 12th, respectively. Despite winning the first two races of the season, Kenseth is now just ten points ahead of the cutoff mark for the Chase.

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — Note from the Beer Nazi to Chicago-land: NO beer for you!

Next Up: The Cup regulars take a rare weekend off as NASCAR gears up for the All-Singing, All-Dancing Brickyard 400, the sport’s annual midsummer weenie roast that usually features a lot more sizzle than steak. The faithful might want to spend the next two weeks on their knees praying that last year’s Goodyear tire debacle doesn’t turn another Brickyard into a farce.

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bob lewis
07/13/2009 01:31 AM

Yeah Petty did Ok compared to who we’ve had to listen to so far this year. But he comes off as a middle school teacher that thinks he knows everything. It’s Dallenbac that has to go! Between his fawning all over Petty w/his school boy crush or his obvious disdain for so many of the drivers, he is out of control (a bit jealous/bitter there wally?) he’s gotta go.I’d rather listen to DW. No, not really.

For the 2nd race in a row the broadcast team has misidentified drivers while shifting between topics in the play by play, are these guys even professionals? Do they get paid for this stuff? Come ESPN you’re our last hope.
07/13/2009 07:00 AM

Will we ever escape the “all Hendrick all the time” school of tv broadcasting ? Hendrick forces his way into every victory lane shot , the announcers never seem to have any storyline that doesn’t include Hendrick in some way , and of course McReynolds , the one man Hendrick ( or as Larry would say , Hiindrick ) love fest . And i’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere in America after his drivers gave Hendrick a birthday present by winning the race race . How precious .

Bill B
07/13/2009 07:44 AM

They will stop talking about Hendrick when teams without any HMS ties start winning.

07/13/2009 07:53 AM

Thank you to Kurt Busch for dishing out some long deserved payback to Jimmie Johnson . Johnsons longstanding record of dumb driving moves that cause wrecks for everyone else , and then his insipid Alfred E. Newman imitation afterward to the media have apparently worn thin with the other drivers also .
Whether or not Kyle Busch ever gives an interview before or after a race has no bearing on his driving .Do you think Curtis Turner waited around to give a polite interview after a bad day at the races ? And did it affect his popularity one bit ? You know it didn’t .
Jeff Gordon is forced on the Cubs fans . The team doesn’t request a particular driver to appear , Nascar requests that a poster boy driver be allowed to appear . And Gordon isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer , so his version of the song was about the best he could hope for .
Your reasoning concerning Bill Sr. not being picked for the opening round in the not very important but wildly over hyped HOF is certainly accurate . But the HOF isn’t a monument to stock car racing sadly , its a monument to Brian France and Nascar . And as we all know , Nascar bears very little resemblence to stock car racing . Because its only about Nascar and the France family , it really should include the man responsible for inventing Nascar .

07/13/2009 07:54 AM

To quote: “ In my opinion his fellow drivers would still be safer racing against Mayfield than riding home from dinner with Brian France after Happy Hour in his Tyrannosaurus Lexus.”

Leaves me rolling on the floor in laughter!!

How true! How true!

(guess your not one of the citizen journalists for NA$CRAP! Right?)

About the only other thing that leaves me rolling on the floor in laughter is people referring to NA$CRAP as “RACING”!

07/13/2009 08:02 AM

Bill , it doesn’t seem to matter whether a Hiindrick team is winning or not , they seem to get an awfull lot of air time .
I do find it funny that Tony Stewart and Mark Martin are beating Johnson and Gordon regularly with cars that aren’t as good . While Tony gets chassis and engines from HMS , they put the cars together themselves and hang all of their own bodies and do all of their own aero work . Mark drives for the team that has always been the stepchild team at Hiindrick . Yet both of them are regularly matching or whipping up on the vanilla twins .

07/13/2009 08:32 AM

Direct TV has made their Hotpass free to all. I can’t imagine why anyone paid for it, but it made the race a tiny bit more interesting…a very tiny bit. Watching Tony Stewart move up through the field at the beginning was interesting. I still went to sleep and ultimately tuned it off. Kudos to Kyle Petty. He did a fine job this year. Unfortunately, today there are only two networks who cover the races and that cuts down on jobs. In order to cut their losses, NASCAR needs to cut races attracks like Chicago, California, and NH and give them back to good tracks.

Billy Bopp
07/13/2009 08:35 AM

For those of you wanting to see some real racing, head to Eldora, Stewart’s half-mile dirt track in west central Ohio this weekend for the Kings Royal sprint show. Smoke and Kasey Kahne will be racing.

07/13/2009 08:56 AM

I am curious about the hatred Jeff Burton has for the double file re-starts . There have always been double file re-starts , i’d think he would be used to them by now . Is his dislike of the new version because he doesn’t have a lapped car on his inside that he can easily outrun ? Does he feel its unfair to have to race for position at the drop of the green instead of coasting for a few laps while waiting for the tire pressures to come up ? I think he needs to get over himself and start racing . While he may have found himself involved in accidents on re-starts , most other drivers have not , so he may want to look at his driving , or his spotter .
The first automobile race in America was NOT in Chicago , not even in Illinois .

07/13/2009 09:29 AM

What else is there to be said other than that race absolutely sucked.

Kudos to you Matt for being able to find SOMETHING to say about it.

07/13/2009 09:45 AM

i watched the beginning, tried to watch the middle, but the all martin show got to be too much, so i flipped it off. as usual most of the action was at the end of the race. i think my plan of watching beginning and end of race is the way to go. however i usually can’t make it til 11 pm. couch too comfy.

Kevin in SoCal
07/13/2009 10:21 AM

I’ll have to take your word for it that this race stunk. My DVR crapped out on lap 30. :( However, it seems like what was great for Mark Martin winning in Phoenix, its now boring to watch him win in Chicagoland?

Bill B
07/13/2009 10:22 AM

Ok Stewart is 1st, Gordon is 2nd and Johnson is 3rd. Each has at least one win. Meanwhile Stewart is currently the one with the longest streak without a DNF which, in my opinion, has more to do with his leading the points than his dominance this year. Mark Martin meanwhile (even though he’s won 4 times) is barely in the Chase. Please point me to the dictionary you are using to define “whipping up” on the vanilla twins. Seems to me they are holding their own pretty well and given a few breaks one way or the other, either could be leading the points.

07/13/2009 11:45 AM

Bill , i don’t know how it could be any clearer , but i’ll try . Tony Stewart is leading in points . That means hes finishing better than the vanilla twins .
Mark Martin beat both of them at Chicago and has beaten them three other times this season .

07/13/2009 12:21 PM

Thanks Matt for saying the truth about Bill France. No one else will.

Bill B
07/13/2009 12:30 PM

In my opinion it isn’t that clear at all. Not having any DNF’s all year is as much about luck as anything else. As for MM how many times have one of the vanilla twins finished ahead of him at the end of the race. Your narrow definition of success is the only reason your argument holds up. Jeff was leading the points prior to Dover so by your definition, up to that point, Jeff was whipping up on Tony. I don’t feel that was the case but if you had written this comment six weeks ago that would have had to been your conclusion (by your definition). You are entitled to your opinion but I find your premise shaky, your logic reckless and your over simplification of the facts mystifying.
Now if there were no chase, no points and only the number of wins determined the champion then MAYBE you could make the case for Mark Martin.

don mei
07/13/2009 01:00 PM

Your comments about Bill France were right on the money.

07/13/2009 01:12 PM

Man, if it weren’t for that new restart rule, the chicago race would have been as boring as Auto Club Speedway in california. And this might be the only time I would thank nascar for phony cautions.

If any driver doesn’t like the new restart rule then maybe they should go ahead and retire.

Seem like Jimmie’s got two drivers mad at him. I’m just glad Hamlin finally grew a pair and returned the bumb-and-go favor. Keep it up Hamlin!

Hey, with Kyle Petty we don’t need three people in the booth. Just a play-by-play guy and Kyle. Kyle talks enough for 5 people anyway.

P on U
07/13/2009 01:14 PM

Sweet article Matt – keep up the good work!

07/13/2009 02:03 PM

Matt, I would like to nominate you for a “Profiles in Courage” award.

In addition to beating a dead horse every week about the current state of NASCAR, today you show great intestinal fortitude in slamming a guy who’s been dead for years.

Bill France did all of the things that you say he did, but union-busting and Jim Crow were not just part of motor sports at the time…just look at the way the Red Sox were run by Tom Yawkey duting that same time period for a glimpse of how life was in American sports. I’m not condoning it, it’s just the way it was.

I know that it is bordering on criminal to say anything positive about any France family member anywhere near a Matt column, but what would stock car racing be like today without his yes, visionary, leadership?

Tell you one thing, no one would be reading Matt’s column, because there wouldn’t be an Or a Jayski, or a NASCAR Sirius station, because it would have continued as a totally regional sport without network coverage.

Matt, I think that you are a very entertaining, witty writer, and I never miss a column. But, how about interjecting a note of fairness in the piece once in awhile? Have a nice day.

07/13/2009 03:49 PM

I wonder why people can’t take the truth about Bill France when told to them?

“Big Bill” was ruthless and cared nothing about the drivers and such. Just wanted the power to dictate his way of doing things!


07/13/2009 05:16 PM

Hey Jim, you must be related to the France family. Where would NASCAR be without France’s influence? Not exactly sure. But I can tell you this. It wouldn’t be as it is, a socialist dictatorship with parity built into every car of tomorrow.
Maybe we’d see stock Camaros and Mustangs and Toyota rear-drive sport cars out there instead of bureaucrat cars.

Matt, don’t know how I’ve missed you up till now, but I won’t miss you any more. Great writing, imagination and fresh slants. And of course it’s admirable not to be PC, eating from the hand of NASCAR disciples.

Good on you!

07/13/2009 06:27 PM


Fair enough, but do you slam a guy like Pete Rozelle for introducing parity (Draft pick order, etc.)to the NFL?

Oh, and by the way, never met a France, nevermind being related to one. I did go to Montreal once…I guess that’s kinda close to France!

07/13/2009 06:50 PM

Mick, You speak of Kyle talking enough for 5 people. I noticed some dead air spots where no one was speaking which was fine. Let the fans watch the race .This is not radio. Petty may not be perfect but it is better than the useless BS chatter from Larry Mac and the dreaded RATCHET JAWS Waltrip. Why do you think he got his name JAWS from Cale Yarbrough? He continouslly runs his mouth and says NOTHING.

07/13/2009 07:04 PM


07/13/2009 07:14 PM

Yea, I’m back for a couple more comments to torture fellow commentators. A couple of observations: Double file restarts should go the way of the white buffalo. Gone. All they do is cause wrecks and take people out. If you want to see real action, get rid of these hidious boring mile and a half tracks. Anybody who likes these tracks has the IQ of a fencepost. I’ve been around long enough to k now what real racing is. Observation two I would compare Jimmie Johnson with a beard to Olive Oyl with boobs. Good Day.

Carl D.
07/13/2009 09:16 PM

Just one quick comment from a good ‘ol boy from South Carolina… home of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. Ol’ Strom was a dyed in the wool Dixiecrat… he fought hard against racial integration, all the while fathering a mixed-race child he never even publically acknowledged. Know what? The man has more buildings, highways, parks, schools, and even a lake named after him. You can bet that somewhere in Heaven, Strom will be congratulating Big Bill on his induction into the Nascar HOF in the very near future.

Oh yeah… and for the first time in years, I fell asleep watching a race with less than 40 laps to go.

07/13/2009 09:23 PM

That’s tits…NA$CAR has the boobs!

07/13/2009 11:49 PM

Great article, as always Matt…

  • I hope Mayfield wins millions… (and pays Carl Long’s fine in Nickels)
  • Dale Sr. lies somewhere in his grave completely naked… there is no way he has on any clothes he was buried in… he has certainly rolled them off by now
  • My dog won’t eat m&m’s or Pedigree anymore
  • I missed it, but when did Mike Helton pass away?

Enough of the (insert brand) chugging at the end of the interview…we get it.

07/14/2009 01:41 PM

I fast forwarded through the race yesterday and will have to say the TV coverage was lousy. I was at the race and there certainly was more action than was shown on TV. The race definitely would have been worse without the infamous debris cautions at least keeping 16 cars on the lead lap most of the race. The hendick cars certainly have a distinct advantage over the rest of the field. They can just pass at will except for Earnhardt.

07/14/2009 04:29 PM

Yo, Jim. I can live without parity and socialism. Let the best teams reign and the others suck hind tortuga! In NASCAR they do regardless.

I absolutely love the double-file restart over the old method. Lapped cars should be where they belong, AT THE REAR!!

The only other option I’d consider is a single file restart each and every time. The way they were before the caution!!

Pay attention, Midasmicah!!