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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Michigan-1 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday June 14, 2010

 

The Key Moment: Denny Hamlin got a huge jump on the final restart, then drove off into the sunset like the rest of the field was on tricycles.

In a Nutshell: A pathetic if predictable parade. Almost utterly devoid of any moments that could cause even mild amusement.

Dramatic Moment: Waiting to see if it was going to rain.

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

When the race leader admits he’s slowing down in the final laps to save his tires, knowing there’s going to be a bogus debris caution to amuse the fans, we have a real problem. NASCAR is there to officiate, not orchestrate a race. The fact a driver who lost a nine-second lead to a bogus debris caution seemed more amused than enraged is a telling sign of where we are with this issue.

Denny Hamlin’s Michigan victory was the second straight Cup triumph for Toyota, held at a track that’s inside the backyard of America’s Big Three Automakers: Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. Toyota also earned ARCA, Nationwide, and Truck victories this weekend to earn a full-fledged NASCAR sweep.

In a sad irony as the stock car circuit visited Michigan, the home of America’s Big Three automakers, Toyotas swept the ARCA, Truck, and Cup races. (A Toyota also won the Nationwide race Saturday at Kentucky.) Once fans get over celebrating somebody is finally beating the Hendrick cars, maybe we need to focus on whether Toyota’s recent dominance is good for the sport?

Front Row Motorsports received a $100,000 fine, a loss of 150 owner and driver points, and a 12-race suspension for the crew chief and two other team members in the aftermath of last week’s bleeder valves discovered on the car after a Pocono rain delay. (Isn’t it odd the No. 2 team also got penalized for a missing valve stem cap?) Yeah, the fine seems pretty draconian, but it’s in line with precedent. There are four things you don’t mess with in NASCAR racing: tires, fuel, engine displacement, and the drug policy.

“When we get back, we’ll start up the injuries…” Perhaps the most unfortunate slip of the tongue in pre-race programming ever.

Already, the NASCAR message boards are buzzing (and the tom-toms will grow louder as fans who lulled off for a nap wake up). Their general consensus about the Michigan race? It was terrible. I wonder how many folks would have liked it better if there was another huge wreck on the final (unnecessary) restart? Don’t count me among those who would have preferred to see a big wreck. We’re looking for our Goldilocks moment: Pocono was too hot, and Michigan was too cold. What I’d have loved to see was the Nos. 9 and 2 teams make great adjustments on that final pit stop, enough that Busch and Kahne could run side-by-side with Hamlin off the fourth corner, drag racing to the start/finish line on the final lap. You’re not always going to have that sort of finish, though. Sometimes a driver just stinks up the show; but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Sometimes, you’ve got to wonder if there was any sense in spending all those billions of dollars bailing out General Motors. This week, apparently the brain trust at GM felt that one key to marketing their products was to have folks (at least internally) refer to “Chevys” as “Chevrolets.” No sale here at Eyesore Acres. Don McLean drove his “Chevy” to the “levy.” (Had McLean written “drove my Chevrolet to the ballet” the song would have lost its purity.) Bruce Springsteen street-raced a “‘69 Chevy with a 396.” (Though he did, in fact, haunt those dusty old beach roads littered with the frames of burned out “Chevrolets.” ) Bob Seger used to get it in his fabled “‘60 Chevy”. Let’s face it. It’s Coke, not Coca-Cola. Folks want to go out to the “old ball game,” not the “Major League Ball Game.” “Chevy” as a noun has become an affectionate and accepted term, and it’s always going to be “Chevy” for car guys just as it’s always going to be “jeans,” not “dungarees.” In fact, General Motors would probably have been wiser to drop the “Chevrolet” and make a name change to “Chevy.” After all, it’s ’55 Chevy and 1980 Chevrolet Citation. Let the call of freedom ring out through this land… this is our Chevy.

Joey Logano recovered nicely from his brouhaha with Kevin Harvick, winning the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky and finishing 10th in the Cup race on Sunday.

OK, so let’s see here. Joey Logano doesn’t like Kevin Harvick. Jeff Gordon doesn’t like Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth doesn’t like Jeff Gordon. Kyle Busch doesn’t like Denny Hamlin. Denny Hamlin doesn’t like Brad Keselowski. Neither does Carl Edwards. In fact, nobody likes Brad Keselowski. Or Kyle Busch. And Kyle Busch doesn’t like anybody. Tony Stewart is hot with unnamed “idiots on restarts,” and is looking to make the highlight tapes soon. Kasey Kahne doesn’t like A.J. Allmendinger. A.J. says he’s terribly sorry about what happened, but he’d do the same thing all over again, which has got to have Richard Petty tearing his hair out. The King doesn’t think much of wrecked race cars. Somewhere in this mess, we just have to have the seeds for a genuine rivalry.

While watching the Audi and Peugeot diesel prototype cars race for the top spots at Le Mans, it occurred to me that maybe this is a way to breathe some life into the increasingly comatose Truck Series. Imagine the green accolades for having the teams switch over to Power Strokes, Duramaxes, and Cummins. The catch would be the teams could build all the power they wanted from their diesels, but they would have a set allotment of fuel for each race. Run out of diesel fuel, and you’re out of the race. Talk about racing technology leading to more powerful and economical street vehicles. What’s that, you say? Toyota doesn’t manufacture diesel-engined trucks? Oh, rats. I guess they’d just have to leave the series.

We’ll give the Ford FR9 engine a solid B in its first full field rollout. Kahne was stout, and there were four Fords driven to top-12 finishes without a single mechanical DNF.

So what do you think Joey Logano is going to get his dad Tom for Father’s Day next weekend… a restraining order?

I’m no fan of stock car racing on road courses, but I will admit I’m intrigued by next week’s Nationwide race at Road America, one of the best road courses in this country. Just don’t listen to the misinformation being disseminated that it will be NASCAR’s debut at Elkhart Lake. On August 12th, 1956, Tim Flock won the equivalent of one of today’s Cup races at Road America in a Stroppe-prepared Mercury. It was sweet revenge for Flock, who had recently left the all-conquering Carl Kiekhaefer Chrysler team. In another historical footnote, the majority of that event was run in the rain on street tires, with windshield wipers flailing wildly about. Yeah, back in 1956 NASCAR was still “stock” car racing.

Kudos to TNT for a well done pre-race piece on Davey Allison, one of the most respected and beloved competitors in this sport’s rich history. It’s hard to believe that come July 13th, it will be 17 years since Allison’s fatal helicopter wreck. That’s longer than some of you reading this have been alive, but the pain and shock of that day are still vivid in my memory, occasionally releasing a few tears. But then every morning, when I get out of bed I see that diecast of the black, white, red, and gold No. 28 Havoline car on the shelf in my office. (I still think that was the best-looking Cup car ever to compete.)

If they’re really going to switch to fuel injection in the Cup series for 2011, shouldn’t there be running prototypes and some specifications for the teams to start working on by now?

Having circular-filed the rear wings fans so despised, NASCAR is apparently now studying the possibility of getting rid of the cattle-catcher front splitters that fans also aren’t very fond of. Ford is at least hinting that if they put a little more “stock” back in stock cars, they might replace their Fusion race cars with Mustang-appearing entries. No offense to the Fusion, which I’m sure is a very fine street car, but I’d welcome that idea like a two dollar prime rib and Corona dinner at Burger King.

Jamie McMurray and “Bono” Manion never had the handling right on the No. 1 Chevy Sunday. McMurray dropped like a rock from his front row starting spot, ending the day a lap off the pace in 24th.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

David Ragan was solidly in the top 10 when he suffered a pit road collision with Casey Mears as he exited his pits at halfway. He ended the day two laps down in 34th.

Kyle Busch’s race started out poorly when he was forced to start from the rear of the field after an engine change. It got worse when he tagged the wall, and Busch struggled home to a twentieth-place finish after that final caution.

It’s hard to decide whether to classify Kevin Harvick’s day as good or bad luck. Harvick was never up to speed all day, but he still finished ahead of Kyle Busch (19th) and maintains his point lead.

Jamie McMurray was unable to capitalize on a second-place starting position, dropping back right from the start. He struggled home to a 24th-place result, one lap off the pace.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

While pitting under green early in the race, Denny Hamlin’s car stuttered leaving pit road because he’d been so low on fuel before stopping. But the car cleaned itself out in quick order, and Hamlin easily drove from fourth back to the lead.

Kasey Kahne’s engine looked like it was overheating most of the event, especially in the pits, but the new FR9 powerplant held together long enough for the No. 9 team to finish second. She’s real fine, my four speed, positraction, FR9…

Jeff Gordon slapped the wall early in the event, but didn’t bend anything vital. While he could never run with Hamlin, Kahne, and Kurt Busch, Gordon remained in the top 5 most of the day and ended it a strong fourth.

After an awkward week, Joey Logano did manage to come away from Michigan with a top-10 finish (10th). That was nine spots ahead of his buddy Harvick.

Worth Noting

  • For the record, Joe Gibbs Toyotas have now won seven of the last ten races, with Hamlin scoring back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. The scoreboard season-to-date reads seven wins for Toyotas, six for Chevys, and two for Dodges, with Ford still in their winless slump.
  • His second-place finish was easily the best of Kasey Kahne’s 2010 Cup season. His previous best was fourth at Atlanta.
  • Jeff Gordon’s fourth-place finish was his best since Darlington, where he also finished fourth.
  • Tony Stewart (fifth) has posted back-to-back top-5 finishes for the first time this season. Stewart has only one other sequence of back-to-back top-10 results this year. (Fontana and Las Vegas)
  • Jimmie Johnson (sixth) has managed consecutive top-10 finishes for the first time since Phoenix and Fort Worth.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (seventh) enjoyed his best result since Bristol.
  • Jeff Burton (eighth) has top-10 finishes in five of the last six Cup races.
  • Maybe there’s light at the end of the tunnel? A.J. Allmendinger is averaging a twelfth-place finish in the last four Cup races.
  • Marcos Ambrose (fifteenth) finished a race for the first time in four events.
  • Kyle Busch (twentieth) endured his worst finish since Martinsville.


What’s the Points?

Harvick maintains the poins lead, and is now 22 ahead of Kyle Busch, who holds on to second in the standings. Denny Hamlin remains third, but really narrowed the gap on the drivers ahead of him with his victory. He trails Harvick by a mere 47 points.

Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth swapped fourth and fifth spots, with Busch now having the advantage. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton held on to sixth, seventh, and eighth, all well over 160 points clear of thirteenth. Teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards swapped ninth and tenth places in the standings, with Biffle having the advantage.

Tony Stewart advanced two spots, into the top 12 and up to eleventh. Mark Martin fell a spot to twelfth, while Clint Bowyer fell a spot to thirteenth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moved up two spots to fourteenth, and is now 87 points out of the top 12.

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) – I wouldn’t trade you a cup of warm mule spit for that sorry excuse of a race.

Next Up: Jiminy Crickets, it’s off to Sonoma… and then Loudon. You know what? I’m going to take the next couple weeks off to prepare the Trans Am for the Guthriesville car show. I’ll be back for the Firecracker to remind you all of the inherent evil of plate racing.

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janice
06/14/2010 01:19 AM
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the allison piece on pre-race was great…..hard to believe it’s been 17 yrs. when they were talking to yates, it was very apparent he still misses davey. just like rcr and earnhardt.

thanks tnt!

DansMom
06/14/2010 06:28 AM
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If you couldn’t enjoy the race on Sunday then you have no appreciation for what NASCAR truly is, a team sport. I’m not talking about Gibbs vs. Hendrick vs. Roush, but the individual car # teams themselves.

Sure Denny Hamlin didn’t have to do anything dramatic to win the race on Sunday, but he’s only one man on a large team. The engineers and chassis builders put him in position to win, the crew set the car up to dominate and made flaw-less pitstops (minus one small fuel pick-up issue) all Denny had to do was drive it to Victory Lane.

Just because Drivers are the most visual and identifiable entity on a team doesn’t make them the ONLY part of a team. Racing is a team sport, and the #11 team dominated on Sunday, and it was impressive.

As for the “bogus“ debris cautions. NASCAR still has way more validity than the other big name team sport going on in the world right now.

World Cup stars – supposedly the best in teh world – are flopping around worse than Paul Piece on a good day! How embarassing to be yellow carded for “faking” an injury. And what is UP with those noise makers. I can’t watch a game with surround-sound on, all I’m doing is wondering when that heard of locusts is going to descend upon the field. it’s OBNOXIOUS.

Note to the world: You can take your World Cup. I’d take DW, debris cautions, and a GWC or two over those god-awful noisemakers, yellow carded-flailing “superstars”, and a DRAW anyday.

How does a sport than can end in a TIE have any fans?

DansMom
06/14/2010 06:40 AM
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Also, 13 Days to DanicaMania.

It’s a she’s not returning a week earlier to show her stuff at Road America. Her IRL experience would translate well.

Bill B
06/14/2010 07:33 AM
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Matt,
I agree with you that the race was boring but I am OK with that. I’d much rather walk away saying it was boring knowing that the guys who got good finishes deserved them than watch NASCAR fix another exciting ending. So what do you want?
Boring races are nothing new. Sometimes races are more of a chess match. The only thing NASCAR could do to make races more exciting without fake debris cautions, wave around rules and double file restarts would be to schedule more short tracks. I’d be all for that but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

Sandy James
06/14/2010 07:42 AM
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Funky D
06/14/2010 08:00 AM
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I may be charitable, but I will give the race 2 cans of Hires Root Beer if for no other reason than the race did NOT turn out to be a fuel mileage effort.

janice
06/14/2010 08:01 AM
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sandy,

that got on my nerves big-time! what idiots.

Carl D.
06/14/2010 08:26 AM
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Boring races at Michigan are nothing new; they even pre-date the COT. But I agree with Bill B… better boring and clean than more manipulated excitement.

How does Richard Petty Motorsports field the only Ford that’s truly competitive in Michigan? Roush’s cars weren’t exactly out to lunch, but none of them were a threat to win.

If Adam Sandler and Kevin James’ pre-race command was any indication of how good their new movie is, I’ll pass on it. I’m sure the Beavis & Butthead set got a kick out of their antics, though.

You know it’s a boring race when no drivers felt the need to trash their teammate or another driver’s wife.

Gordon82Wins
06/14/2010 08:45 AM
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Why is it that all of the trying out of exciting tracks, the smart version of the CoT, and restraint from radical rule changes are in the Nationwide Series that has a fraction of the audience, but the cookie-cutter tracks, an undriveable car and an idiotic playoff take over the Cup series?

DoninAjax
06/14/2010 09:07 AM
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If Dan Patrick had the record of that other Patrick, he’d probably be out of a ride. Unless he had beefcake videos on GoMommy.com, in which case Hendrick would be trying to hire him.

Carl D.
06/14/2010 09:15 AM
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Gordon82…

I can only speak for myself, but since the big-money Cup drivers and their big-money Nationwide budgets consistently dominate the Nationwide races, it takes the luster off of the series as far as I’m concerned. I still watch some of the Nationwide races, but not as many as I used to, and not with the same passion. If Nascar were to stop the double dipping by Cup drivers, with the car and track advantages you mention in the Nationwide series, it would easily be the more exciting series.

Joe
06/14/2010 09:29 AM
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you know, I hear all this bemoaning of boring races, but if memory serves in the 80’s and before, often there were races where the winner was the only guy on the lead lap. In our subconscious, we see Pearson and Petty battling it out every week with Cale and Bobby brawling after a wreck and Buddy Baker and Dale Earnhardt long in the garage after blowing yet another engine. That simply was not so.

I for one did not watch the race, hell I didn’t even know one was going on, which is sad because about 9 years ago, I used to write for a website and handicap the races. Apparently I saw all I needed on the local news highlights.

Michigan used to be a Roush track and used to provide some good racing. Everyone brought their A game to Michigan because of the auto industry. Not the case anymore. What’s going to be telling is I bet the race at Sears Point is better than the “highlight” I saw of Michigan. Sears Point has provided some great races, such as Ricky Rudd and Davey Allison tangling at the end of the first Sears Point race if memory serves. Probably the only time I saw Davey get in a wreck where he did not flip 17 times. Honestly, Funky, if I did watch the race, I’d rather it turned into a fuel mileage race. At least with fuel mileage you have real drama versus fabricated drama of the debris caution. Hell at Sears Point, I wish they’d throw a deer on the course or something, at least make the debris cautions interesting. With the current crop of candyass prima donna drivers only about 5 of them would even know what a deer was.

The Adam Sandler/Kevin James thing was moronic. Why didn’t they just break wind into the microphone and be done with it? The sad thing is those guys are funny, but if that crap is what passes for funny nowadays, I guess I’m an old curmudgeon like Matt.

DansMom
06/14/2010 09:35 AM
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Gordon82 just made the best point I’ve ever read on this website.

scuffs
06/14/2010 10:34 AM
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I think DansMom wears the firesuit on this forum.
I agree with getting rid of the splitter. Next should be coil binding.
Junior in the top ten! Thats as good as USA beating England 1-1!!!
No change in the top 5 in points: 1.Hamlin 2.Johnson 3.Shrub 4.Kurt 5.Harvick.

Mark
06/14/2010 10:35 AM
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Matt , you sound like a casual fan when you’re bemoaning the bogus debris cautions . You know for a fact that NASCAR has manufactured race finishes for 50 years .

Toyotas’ recent dominance good for the sport ? First , it isn’t Toyotas’ dominance you’re witnessing , it’s Gibbs’ dominance . They have always been an excellent team .
And if you’re going to try to make a case for Toyota dominance , you might want to refer to your own Worth Noting section where you list Toyota at seven wins , and Chevrolet at six . Hardly sounds like a Toyota domination .

RandyGoldman
06/14/2010 10:52 AM
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Ignoring the statement about USA Beating England 1-1…

Jr in the top ten really affirms the old saying “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.”

VaBlueGrass
06/14/2010 11:00 AM
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I think my distain for Denny Hamlin has as much to do with his attitude as his sponsor. I had to get a new cell phone shipped to me, signature required for deliver, and when is the only time Fed Ex can deliver it? 2:35 p.m.!!! I’m sorry, I have a job!I can’t be home at 2:35 p.m. SO obnoxius. Why don’t they work evenings and avoid rush hours all together?

Side note, I did check out the new Intimidator ride at Kings Dominion this weekend. THAT is the kind of attraction that will bring attention to the Sport. I even rode it, and, was please to find it did not result in death.

ezrider714
06/14/2010 11:20 AM
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na$car has no VALIDITY AT ALL compared to any sport anywhere

HVHS "Grad"
06/14/2010 11:43 AM
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I’m just glad that NASCAR is around, otherwise I’d have nothing to do for the next few months. NOTHING AT ALL.

RandyGoldman
06/14/2010 11:59 AM
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HVHS… you could play golf. Or some variation thereof.

ted
06/14/2010 12:00 PM
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Another pathetic nascrap race!! dan’s mom is a moronic idiotic asinine fool!!! Give me World Cup Soccer any day over the crap nascrap has become!!!

RandyGoldman
06/14/2010 12:01 PM
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EZ… I hope you didnt watch the race this weekend then. God know’s I wouldnt watch a sport that I thought had no validity.

noel_w
06/14/2010 12:07 PM
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God I can’t wait until Danica comes back to Nascar! The sport isn’t the same without her.

Bad Wolf
06/14/2010 12:29 PM
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So some suit decides calling it Chevrolet instead of Chevy is a bright move?

What about calling the “Michigan 400” the “Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Presented By Who Ever” or calling “The Firecracker 400” “The Pepsi Firecracker 400” Looks to me like Chevy is following Nascars lead.

Matt, the spec cars with Toyota decals are catching up to the spec cars with Chevy and Ford decals, while everybody acts like it has some connection to what is on the street.

Moms Dan
06/14/2010 12:36 PM
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The paradigm has changed, and now the drivers know to save their equipment for the last three lap double file restart-shootout style after the bogus caution. To hear Hamlin call them out on it puts an exclamation point on the fallacy.

midasmicah
06/14/2010 01:29 PM
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Why do people even respond to what’s her name. She’s just trying to get your (baaaa) goat.
As far as penalties go, this is nas$car’s not so subtle way of slowly weeding out smaller teams.

jerry
06/14/2010 03:32 PM
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I’d rather watch the race at Michigan than that trash they put on last week at Pocono.

Don Wiggins
06/14/2010 04:04 PM
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Found this funny “In fact, nobody likes Brad Keselowski.”

laxbro25
06/14/2010 04:46 PM
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Really? People are complaining about the “start your engines” command now? This website is filled with people that have nothing better to do except complain about NASCAR (yet watch it religiously?) and dansmom (which makes more sense)

Brian France Sucks
06/14/2010 05:28 PM
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That caution was inevitable. Brian France peered up from his stack of money and glass of wine long enough to say, throw the mandatory 20 to go caution, we need excitement here. If not for the caution Dale Jr would’ve finished 17th and everyone would be up in arms.

DansMom
06/14/2010 06:22 PM
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laxbro-

I’m one of the few on this site that doesn’t complain about NASCAR, just the people who bash it. That’s why I get bashed all the time.

laxbro25
06/14/2010 06:24 PM
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Dansmom-

some weeks what you say i understand people complaining. This week your comments aren’t bad

I completely agree with the World Cup comments

Michael
06/14/2010 06:51 PM
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Well…. i guess we could always use one complaint to cure another . To eliminate boring races , just throw a mandatory debris caution flag every thirty laps . Bunches up the field , everyone gets to work on their car , a close race and finish is guaranteed .

tom
06/14/2010 06:54 PM
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Most boring race I have seen in a LONG time. But I did switch to the Speed Channel and watch the Continetal Challenge from Watkins Glen! Now that was a race, Mustangs, Camaros, BMW, Porsches and they all looked like production cars!!! And they were racing side by side the whole race!! Sort of like Nascar use to be………………..

Richard in N.C.
06/14/2010 06:56 PM
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I guess you missed the fact that Kasey Kahne saw a large piece of debris on the track before the caution was thrown. Of course, facts can often screw up a good story. When in doubt, bash NASCAR.

wingcars6970
06/14/2010 07:17 PM
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DoninAjax – I don’t know who Dan Patrick is but that was some funny sh&% right there!

DoninAjax
06/14/2010 09:07 PM
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wingcars6970

Dan is a male version of Danica.

Rich Hirtzel
06/14/2010 09:12 PM
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Strike two. I haven’t missed a Michigan race since June of 1990 (glad I missed that one….I NEVER wanted to see the #3 car win anyway). If I have to sit thru another asian slant car win at my beloved Ford track, I’m cashing in my tickets…40 consequetive races. Seen many non-Fords win here before, but how on God’s green earth does na$car think this is good for the sport. As I walked out of the track I looked for anyone wearing an asian slant driver shirt…. none to be found. Who roots for such disgracefull teams. WWII vets alive today would be appalled. the France & gibbs family are a disgrace to America. This sport sucks now. I enjoy my weekend in Norwlak next week so much more now. Can’t wait for the New Detroit Dragstrip to be completed. then I’ll have two exciting races each summer again. Matt, hows your ’90 T-bird doing? five more years and its a classic, time to paint it black gold and silver.

GW
06/14/2010 10:23 PM
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It wasn’t a great race but I liked it. He has some growing up to do but I also like Brad Keselowski.

IronEagle
06/14/2010 10:25 PM
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Hey great column! Frontstretch is always a must read on Mondays for me!

Toyota actually owns Hino Heavy trucks which competes against Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Nissan and Freightliner in cab over trucks and other big trucks. They have great diesel technology and that would really breathe new life into the CWTS!

mkrcr
06/14/2010 11:19 PM
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midasmicah,
Given the fact that NA$CAR, in all their wisdom, has banned testing in the name of saving teams money, I expect to see a lot more of the smaller teams busted for “innovation”. When you can’t afford to lease, much less buy, the big in house test rigs, you’ve got to do something to try and compete. Unfortunately, it does play right into NA$CAR’s hands and helps eliminate those pesky smaller teams that bring nothing ($$$$$$) to the table.

29racefan
06/15/2010 02:40 AM
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I like Brad K. What I don’t like – manipulated endings and Toyota everywhere. Tired of being told what I should like. I enjoy my racing and Nascar’s version of racing falls short of any reasonable expectation these days.

Bill B
06/15/2010 08:03 AM
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RichardinNC,
LOL…And where was Kahne at the time… 2nd place 10 seconds behind the leader. I bet he saw debris.

Thunder Roads
06/15/2010 09:18 AM
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Hahahahahahaha…. I think its hilarious that some of you hate toyotas simply because they arent crappy fords or chevys. News flash people, its just a symbol on the hood of the car. All of these cars are built and researched in the US! They arent even street legal cars. Its not like you could take Denny’s kick-a$$ toyota down to the grocery store.

I love it… its the ultimate example of people being suckered by advertising.

Richard in N.C.
06/15/2010 07:41 PM
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Bill, yes I suspect Kasey was paying a lot more attention to the race than most of the media.

Chris Evans
06/17/2010 10:29 AM
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Terrible, terrible race. Michigan is prone to do that though. Jarrett’s win in ’99 was a snoozer too.

That was pretty sad how they threw the caution at the end to try to make it closer. Hamlin just drove away again and the drivers didn’t oblige with a huge crash like Pocono the week before.

I think people can watch and complain about the terribleness of the event, if they want to. I’ve never liked the ‘if you dislike it so much don’t watch it’. Then there would be nobody left keeping NASCAR’s recent awfulness honest.

Chris