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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Brickyard 400 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday July 26, 2010


The Key Moment – Jamie McMurray edged out Kevin Harvick on the final restart, then drove off into the sunset as Harvick battled with his old friend Greg Biffle for second.

Jamie McMurray came through in a second big event this season, earning the privilege of kissing the famous yard of bricks at Indy.

In a Nutshell – This was a race that started out slowly but eventually petered out altogether.

Dramatic Moment – Biffle and Montoya waged an extended battle for the lead well ahead of the rest of the pack, even if neither of them ended up winning.

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

OK, Indy is a huge track with lots of seats. OK, the economy sucks. OK, there’s empty seats at practically every track this year. OK, it was very hot Sunday in Indy. But there’s no getting around the fact there were huge swaths of empty seats at the Brickyard. Forget about the heat, the economy, and whatnot. Why isn’t Indy selling out? There’s a sign as you enter the garage area that reads, “Welcome to Gasoline Alley.” Well, there ought to be a sign posted at the track entrance that reads “No Passing Zone Next 400 Miles.”

Budweiser to the No. 29 team and Kevin Harvick next year? It looks like that’s in the cards. Dale Junior fans will doubtlessly be left wondering how their boy would have fared if he and Bud moved to RCR rather than Hendrick when he left DEI.

Someone ought to let Indy officials know a Corvette is a two-seater. If you need to haul seven, folks, a Suburban is better suited for the job.

NASCAR is considering using fuel-injected engines in some races next year as the primitive Cup cars begin actually putting a little “stock” back in stock cars. NASCAR’s big fear is that fuel injection means computers need to be added to the cars, and those computers could be used to run illegal technologies like traction control. It’s sort of like pot, though; the best way to eliminate the illicit trade in the drug is to simply legalize it. “Stock” cars, by and large, now have traction control already. (I’d really like to see how a showroom stock set of Shelby Mustangs, Dodge Challenger SRTs, and the upcoming Camaro Z28 with proper safety equipment and slicks would fare in a 200-lap race at Martinsville.) In a related note, the Des Moines school district has canceled warning notes that students should be vigilant against dinosaur attacks while walking to class.

It’s just another sign that the Brian France era of NASCAR isn’t working out as planned. TNT’s Summer Stretch is over and Cup racing will be handled by ABC/ESPN for the rest of the season, including the all-singing/all-dancing Chase. We’ll give ESPN a couple weeks to get over their first race jitters before commenting on their efforts (although it’s hard to consider them a rookie when they were providing top-notch Cup coverage when Jimmie Johnson was still riding a tricycle). It is interesting to note, though, that just three races, all of them Saturday night events, will be shown on the ABC network. The rest will be on the ESPN cable outlets, including nine of ten Chase events as well as today’s Brickyard 400. Back when Brian France was beating his chest over the now decade-old “new” TV deal (in addition to great big checks), the big news was the fact that stock car racing was moving from cable TV to network coverage. But this year, a majority of Cup races are now on cable again. Rumors persist that ABC/ESPN would desperately love to offload their unprofitable NASCAR coverage on another network ASAP; after all, the X games and timber sports are poised to explode in popularity…

Speaking of the TV coverage, it was a little disheartening to have ESPN choose to devote the opening segment of their pre-race coverage to just two drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Yep, that’s the same duo FOX’s broadcasters sang love sonnets to for the opening portion of the season. Oh, and when the Brickyard ratings come in, my guess is Rusty Wallace’s contention that “everybody in the world is watching” will prove to be a bit of hyperbole.

One last thought on ESPN’s first attempt at Cup coverage this season. The four drivers they highlighted in the pre-race show finished 22nd, 23rd, 15th, and 32nd.

I’m kicking around ideas for a column on the whole “Boys, have at it” concept that is so oft-discussed these days, mainly due to the incidents involving Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski at Atlanta this spring and in last week’s Gateway Nationwide race. Some fans, some drivers, and some media members well and truly have their panties up in a wad that Edwards wasn’t tarred, feathered, whipped with desert thorns, and boiled alive in a vat of battery acid after Gateway. My guess is those same souls were at their mother’s teat back in the days when Richard Petty and Bobby Allison routinely tried to launch each other into the cheap seats week after week. At the height of the feud, crew members from the No. 43 team gave Allison a good beatdown at Islip, one where Allison threatened to take legal action. But it was the seats sold to watch the King and Allison take their battle to the next venue that kept NASCAR alive in the aftermath of the Big Three quitting the series. While I never want to see a fan hurt attending a race, I feel that’s the responsibility of the track owner, not the drivers. If nothing else, the Edwards-Keselowski feud has folks talking about NASCAR rather than golf and soccer again (and remember: this is stock car racing, not lawn croquet.) For the record, I think the poster boy of “Boys, Have At It” isn’t Keselowski or even Edwards (both of whom ran each other hard but clean at ORP Saturday night, so they must have gotten the message.) It was Jeff Gordon’s run at Sonoma, wrecking five drivers over the course of the day, that really pushed the limits of what is and isn’t acceptable in full-fendered automobile racing. If everyone who owes Gordon a little payback for Sonoma metes it out this season, the new baby on its way might not be the only one wearing diapers by this November.

The futures of Best Buy, Elliott Sadler, and Richard Petty are all up in the air as NASCAR Silly Season rumors swirl RPM may fold for good this November.

The future of Richard Petty Motorsports looks tenuous, indeed, for 2011 right now. We know who won’t be driving for the team next year, but not who will be, and if there are any companies left who might sponsor them. I know the King is largely only a figurehead at the organization that bears his name as of late, but it’s still hard to imagine NASCAR racing without the most legendary and successful organization in the sport.

One of the more troubling trial balloons being floated about by NASCAR right now concerning updating the Chase concerns a single race elimination to decide the title. The proposed idea (which is far from being adopted at this point) is to have the top 5 drivers in the points show up equal at the last race of the season, with the driver posting the best finish of the five being crowned champion. On the plus side, it would surely add a lot of drama… for just one race. My biggest hesitation concerning the concept is team orders. Say David Ragan is out of title contention, while Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle had to beat Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to win a lucrative and high-profile title. Might not Ragan be ordered to block or even wreck the Nos. 24 and 48 teams to help his organization win the championship? The day that happens is the day I leave this sport and all my accumulated stock car racing magazines, mementos, clothing, and diecasts are finally dragged to the curb (as if we actually had curbs here in hysterical Guthriesville) on trash day. One might note that team orders decided the winner of the German Grand Prix earlier on Sunday…

Can he be serious? Bernie Eccelstone, the demented troll that runs F-1 racing, is suggesting that the Monaco Grand Prix might be off the schedule. Our friend Bernie says the Auto Club of Monaco, which runs the race, isn’t paying him enough to keep it. (Purportedly, the Principality of Monaco pays F-1 zero dollars a year, banking on the prestige and history of the event to release them from such obligations. Plus, you have that whole royalty and tax exempt thing going on.) Well on the day dear Bernie shuts down the Monaco Grand Prix, I suggest that he turn off the lights at his office, head home, and hang his loathsome self by the neck, for he will have finally succeeded in his master plan and life’s work: destroying the once proud Formula One Series to feed his insatiable greed. Think I’m joking? Read on, gentle readers.

You have to wonder what Joe Weatherly, perhaps the most superstitious driver who ever competed in racing, would have thought about the field at the Brickyard being paced by a green Corvette pace car. (Green is traditionally considered unlucky at racetracks – except for at the pay window.) I’ll add that while a former buddy’s Fathom green 435 horsepower ’69 Vette with its white roof was one of the prettiest (and most frightening to ride in) cars I’ve been acquainted with, the pace car’s paint scheme just didn’t cut it. If they’re giving it away, I’m not going to fill out a raffle ticket…

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

For the second straight year, Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the Brickyard only to have victory wrested from his grasp. Last year, Montoya suffered a pit road speeding penalty. This year, conservative strategy with four new tires on a late pit stop dropped Montoya from first to seventh, and in a desperate attempt to get back to the front JPM wrecked his car en route to 32nd.

Jimmie Johnson didn’t look like a four-time champion and three-time Brickyard 400 winner on Sunday. Early in the event, he showed some speed, but a blistered tire and a setup that went away left Johnson disconsolate with a 22nd-place finish.

Newly expectant father Ryan Newman had another tough weekend at Indy; his flat tire meant he finished outside the top-10 at the Brickyard 400 for the ninth time in ten career starts.

Four-time Brickyard 400 champion Jeff Gordon never really got up to speed. A broken splitter, then flat tire added insult to injury, leaving him a less-than-impressive 23rd.

Ryan Newman had a long afternoon after cutting down a tire on the ninth lap while running seventh. He wound up 17th.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

That Greg Biffle had a shot at the win seems remarkable after he tangled with Brad Keselowski on pit road as the No. 16 entered his pit and The Brad was leaving his.

Ron Hornaday snapped a long winless drought and a somewhat dismal start to the 2010 Truck season with a victory at ORP Friday night.

Usually, when you wreck on the first lap it’s going to be a long day for a driver. But Kyle Busch emerged from the carnage far better than some of his victims in that incident and drove on to an eighth-place finish.

Carl Edwards’ chances at a decent performance seemed to be going up in the smoke through his coolant system vent tube early in the race. But grass was cleaned out of the grille area of the No. 99 without losing a lap, and Edwards caught a lucky caution and drove on to a seventh-place finish.

Bill Elliott and the underfunded Wood Brothers team managed a respectable lead lap finish in eighteenth, well ahead of some of the sport’s big names.

All three of Richard Childress’ drivers posted top-6 finishes at Indy.

Monday on the Frontstretch:
The Cool-Down Lap: Happiness And Heartbreak All In One For Chip Ganassi
Fact or Fiction: Will EGR Make The Chase? Will Ford Win A Race? And NASCAR Schedules
Bubble Breakdown: Brickyard Where Top 35 Dreams Went To Die… Or DNQ
The New Running Their Mouth: Brickyard 400
Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger 200
Tracking The Trucks: AAA Insurance 200 Presented By J.D. Byrider

Worth Noting

  • The win was McMurray’s fifth Cup triumph, but just the second he’s managed on a non-plate track in his career. The score between McMurray and former employer Jack Roush is now two wins to none.
  • McMurray is just the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) are the others. Amazingly enough, he’s also the first driver to win this race who entered Sunday outside the top 10 in Sprint Cup points.
  • Kevin Harvick (second) has now enjoyed top-5 finishes in four of the last five Cup races.
  • Greg Biffle’s third-place finish was his first top-5 result since Bristol this spring. The 38 laps he led on Sunday are also his best since Bristol.
  • Clint Bowyer finished fourth for the second consecutive weekend and the third time this season. Those three fourth-place results are his best of 2010; he also has back-to-back top-5 finishes for the first time in his Cup career.
  • Tony Stewart (fifth) has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five Cup races. He might not need that second job working the Drive Thru window at Burger King after all.
  • The top-10 finishers at Indy Sunday drove five Chevys, two Fords, two Toyotas, and a lone Dodge.
  • Carl Edwards led a lap at Indy. It was the fifth lap he’s managed to lead this season, leaving him two behind Mattias Ekstrom.
  • Kyle Busch (eighth) managed his first top-10 result in the Cup series since Pocono.
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve heard anyone refer to Joey Logano (ninth) as “Sliced Bread.” He’s still looking for his third top-5 finish twenty races deep into the 2010 Cup season.
  • Mark Martin’s eleventh-place finish was actually his best since Charlotte in May.
  • Matt Kenseth’s twelfth-place finish was also his best since the World 600.
  • In the five races since he won back-to-back at Pocono and Michigan, Denny Hamlin (fifteenth) hasn’t managed a top-5 result.
  • In the three races since Jimmie Johnson (22nd) won back-to-back at Sonoma and Loudon, he’s averaged a 26th-place finish.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (27th) hasn’t led a lap in a Cup race since Charlotte. He’s led laps in a grand total of three races this year.

What’s the Points?

Kevin Harvick maintains his point lead, and opened the gap over second-place Jeff Gordon to 184. Third-place Denny Hamlin is 260 behind Harvick, while Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch round out the top 5 in the standings.

Inside the top 12, only two drivers shifted positions. Denny Hamlin took over the third spot from Johnson, but his lead over fourth is a scant one point.

Outside the Chase, Mark Martin wrested thirteenth place in the standings from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who was a PIV in the whole Montoya mess. Martin still needs to make up 62 points to re-enter the top 12, though.

Further back, Sunday’s victory moved Jamie McMurray up two spots to sixteenth in the standings, but he needs to make up a not inconsiderable 151 points before Richmond to make the Chase. Only three drivers remain within 150 points of the top 12 – Martin, Earnhardt (94 back) and Ryan Newman (147).

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — We’ll give this one two lukewarm cans of generic stuff served up with a sizzle sandwich, because there sure wasn’t much steak served on Sunday.

Next Up – It’s off to Pocono for round two. Be sure to bring your sunblock and coolers, because Pennsylvania has been broiling under an endless stream of uncharacteristic heat waves for about three months now.

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Bad Wolf
07/26/2010 12:27 AM

NASCAR is considering using fuel-injected engines in some races next year as the primitive Cup cars begin actually putting a little “stock” back in stock cars. NASCAR’s big fear is that fuel injection means computers need to be added to the cars, and those computers could be used to run illegal technologies like traction control.”

I still contend that Jeff Gordon was running TC back in the ’90s when he seemed to be invincible. I was at the Brickyard in the Tower Terrace the day he forgot to turn it off after winning and he attempted the infamous non-burnout right in front of me. The marks he left on the track after the attempt told me all I needed to know and I am convinced of his use of TC.

Tell me how an 800hp stock car will not light up the rears at the drop of the throttle, even without power braking.

07/26/2010 01:52 AM

Wasn’t it great to see the 21…on the lead lap….not in a smoking heap? Thanks for mentioning Bill and the Wood Brothers. They really did a great job given their circumstances.

Keeping it REAL
07/26/2010 02:05 AM

Bad Wolf – I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but that’s crazy. Even a decade prior to that, there is NO WAY a TC system could have been “hidden” in the car. People are all over those cars the whole weekend and after the race. There are many large, heavy parts needed to effectively TC a car. Don’t try the “NASCAR looked the other way” theory. Nothing would have put more arses in the seats in that era than having Dale Sr winning all those races chasing his 8th. Gordon was bringing in a lot of new fans, yes, but turning away a lot of fans too. I just don’t see how that was feasible back in that day at all. As for the burnout, Jeff has always sucked at burn-outs, still does. Hell, I remember watching him wreck on pit road at 25 mph at MIS back in mid 90s due to wet pit road. The guy is/was crazy talented at speed but never had the “total car control” at all speeds / all scenarios like a Dale Sr or Pearson.

Keeping it REAL
07/26/2010 02:10 AM

Matt – Sorry, but including the SRT Challenger (426 HP but over 4000 lbs!!!) with the Shelby (540 HP) and upcoming Z28 (expected to be about 555 HP) is crazy. I know you have this permanent love w/ old Mopars but by and large they are not in the modern big-boy race with nothing more potent than SRT8 that weights as much as some Silverado trucks! Anyway, just tired of hearing the Camaro being bashed (say what you want, sales numbers back up that car – I have a 670 HP one in my garage), and tired of the measly Mopars being put on an equal footing to the big dogs including the lengendary Shelby (I don’t like Mustangs, but that car deserves respect – it is bad ass and a GREAT rival to the upcoming Z28).

Doug in Washington (State)
07/26/2010 02:11 AM

Lack of passing. I do not understand the complaint of lack of passing, when there’s quite a bit happening. Sure, it’s not up front- because the leader is IN THE LEAD! He got there by being faster than everyone else, or by pit strategy (which usually ends with getting passed).

I look back at videos from 10, 20, 30 years ago and I don’t see lead changes every single lap. It never happened- there were some races that the leader led from flag to flag- the only cars being passed were going lap(s) down.

Sure, we don’t see the top 2 banging into each other down to the wire, but I also don’t see to many examples of that. Maybe 10, 15 races in the last 35 years? Not every race is the 1979 Daytona 500.

I don’t see where throwing out the COT or going to actual “Stock” cars will help the lack of passing. Once the fast are in front, they’re in front for good. That’s kind of what happens when you’ve got a fast car- slower cars aren’t gonna catch you.

I guess if you WANT a lot of passing, do away with qualifying and run the field inverted on points every race. Points leader starts in the back and has to weave through the scrubs every race. But guess what? 30% through the race the fast will be in front and passing will cease.

Simply put, the races are too long and teh cars too reliable. If 50% of the field was dropping from mechanical failure, then I’d say the races were about right in length, but they aren’t, the cars hold up very well today because to finish first you have to finish, and DNFs really hurt in the points. No one gets really radical in setups that MIGHT break because… they might break. Well, except for the Start-and-Park folks who only need it to last one fuel load.

Bill B
07/26/2010 07:16 AM

The fact that you talked more about current events in this article than the race itself makes a statement in itself.

Jody Wassmer
07/26/2010 07:51 AM

Indy isn’t the most exciting race on the schedule, but McMurray’s outside line pass of Harvick after the last caution was good stuff.

Matt, we realize NASCAR isn’t what it once was in your opinion, but it isn’t all bad either.

Always enjoy your column.

Carl D.
07/26/2010 08:17 AM

While I enjoyed seeing Jamie McMurray win, I’m convinced that the best stock car racing in Indianapolis is at ORP. The Saturday night NNS race there was way better than the Brickyard, and even though ORP only holds about 30,000 people, based on the Brickyard attendance, seating isn’t really an issue.

Since you brought it up, I’ll make one last comment about the Edwards-Keselowski incident…. yes, folks talked about it all week long. They talked about Earnhardt’s death at Daytona for along time too. Rubbin’ fenders and rattlin’ cages is great. Deliberately sending a competitor head-on into the wall is not.

Carl D.
07/26/2010 08:23 AM

One last comment… everyone kept talking about how great this trifecta was for Ganassi Racing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Nascar team Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing? Doesn’t Teresa Earnhardt still own a sizable chunk of the team? I don’t think I ever heard the Earnhardt name mentioned after the race.

07/26/2010 08:23 AM

Not much knowledge of TC by poster, even back then the pieces required were very small and easily hidden

07/26/2010 08:38 AM

Another thrilling read as always Matt insert large amounts of sarcasm here

Doug in eastern NC
07/26/2010 09:19 AM

The 48 and the 24 must have used the 88’s setup at the brickyard, because they all sucked!

07/26/2010 09:58 AM

You’d be hard pressed to name any major auto racing series anywhere in the world ( except NHRA ) that hasn’t used electronic fuel injection for decades . And they have been able to easily police the use of traction control and other forms of cheating that can be done with computers . There is no doubt that Jeff Gordon was using TC in the 90s . But in this day and time , only NASCAR is behind the curve on computerized engines . NASCAR , under the leadership of Brian France , behind the curve and having to follow the lead of almost every other racing series on Earth ???? Wow , who could have seen that coming ?

07/26/2010 10:15 AM

It does seem curious that the networks , well not TNT so much , seem to be closet gays when it comes to Johnson and Gordon . It’s been going on for years and i have no doubt it will continue . I’ll bet theres a common thread somewhere , a producer , director …… no , hold on a moment . I’ll bet i can think of a reason for the networks to pay attention to the those two . RICK HENDRICK PAYING THEM TO ! Ever wonder wonder why the worst gasoline brand in the country ( and one of the tiniest ) is mentioned on every pit stop by every reporter while the tire manufacturer is not . One pays to get talked about ,the other one doesn’t feel it should have to pay to be part of the action . Why are the 24 and 48 on camera far more than any other cars ? Because the networks get paid to put them on . If your favorite driver or team doesn’t pay to be on tv , then they’re pretty much ignored .
Matt , you might want to check on how many seats are available at Indy . The fact that there were large blocks of unsold seats at a track that has by far the largest seating capacity doesn’t really mean much .
Richard Petty a figurehead ? Not even that important to the team i’ll wager . If and when he left the organisation , the only concern would be the sign painter and the decal maker .

07/26/2010 10:41 AM

Bernie freely admits , and has for years , that he says something outrageous every day to see if he can get writers to print it . And it works doesn’t it Matt .

07/26/2010 10:55 AM

Martin, I am no rocket surgeon, but I am pretty sure that Jimmy and Jeff get mentioned so much beacuse they are two of the best drivers in Nascar. I mean Jimmy is the figurehead of the sport 3 years running. Can you really not figure out why the media wants to talk to them and about them?

Thats like saying “Man, I cant figure out why people keep wanting to talk about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I dont get it?! What’s so special about them?”

There are some bright people on this forum.

Mumble Mumble Tuna
07/26/2010 12:36 PM

I didn’t watch the race because i didn’t get home in time to catch the pre-race show and I HATE to miss the pre-race show.

Speaking of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, what position would you want Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to play on your football team? Do you think they could wear their racing helmets with the shaded visor or would that be illegal?

And, Matt, from your article it sounds like two cans of warm beer is TOO generous (again, i didn’t actually watch the race). Sounds like it deserved two shots of warm rum. Where did I put my Bengals shot glass…???

07/26/2010 01:22 PM

I’m sure you’re right about not being a rocket surgeon Randy . And i’m also sure that you’re right about why Johnson and Gordon are mentioned so much . Yeah …. that must be why .

Tim S.
07/26/2010 01:35 PM

That’s the thing. The MEDIA want to talk to/about Gordon and Johnson. Millions of fans who don’t drink Hendrick Kool-Aid couldn’t care less.

Canadian Tuna
07/26/2010 02:06 PM

Anyone ever thrown up into their own beer can?

07/26/2010 02:14 PM

Why do the empty seats bother you? It’s not the race, ya know…

If you want to be a RACE reporter, report on the race. Otherwise, you’re a promoter reporter and shouldn’t be publishing here. The racing is on the track, not in the grandstands.

As for the race, I think TV (ESPN) is stepping up since they put Marty Reed in the booth. we’re seeing much more of the action back in the pack, instead of watchin’ the leader, or the storyline du jour. There were several leaders at times, but remember, kiddies, Cup is a marathon. Quick races are at your local tracks

07/26/2010 02:59 PM


07/26/2010 03:45 PM

I hate to tell keeping it REAL, but even 10 years ago they had TC devices that were about the size of a dime. Could have absolutley have been hidden. I am not saying they were using TC, but it is possible.
And RandyGoldman, what exactly is a rocket surgeon?

07/26/2010 03:48 PM

Can’t pass with the wing.
Can’t pass with the spoiler.
Can’t pass at Indy.
Can’t pass at Daytona.
Can’t pass at Charlotte.
Can’t pass at Pocono.
Can’t pass at Bristol.
Can’t pass at Chicago.
Can’t pass at Talladega.
Can’t pass at ….

Kevin in SoCal
07/26/2010 04:07 PM

What a surprise: Matt said on Thursday he wasnt a fan of this race, and on Monday he proved it with a bad review. Did you have this article already written, or did McMurray’s win force you to have to re-write some parts?
I enjoy reading your stuff Matt, but sometimes you’re such a downer. And no you’re not just telling it like it is, you’re being negative on purpose. Some people enjoy that though, and no I couldnt do better if I tried doing your job. Keep it up!
DoninAJAX, you’re right, some people say the same things every week!

07/26/2010 04:57 PM

Why do people come here and bash Matt? Last time I checked, reading his article was NOT required. If you think he’s negative or a downer, DON’T FREAKIN READ THE ARTICLE! Hello? McFly? Geez!

07/26/2010 06:00 PM

Personally, I was glad the pre-race started with JJ & JG. I didn’t feel that I was missing anything by switching to FOX to watch F1 for an hour.
JJ’s problem was that he could not communicate what his car was doing to Chad so he could fix it.
I can’t wait to hear Juan’s apology to Jr. for what he did to his Chase chances.
I hear Bernie is threatening Monaco because they are in negotiations, & Monaco had a lot of empty bleachers this year.

07/26/2010 07:35 PM

I must have been having a flash back or sumtin’ on Sunday ‘cause I was trying to figure out why I was watching the TV so much. Then it hit me, this race ain’t so bad. There’s a fair amount of passing, the coverage isn’t all that bad, JJ is sucking, and the win was good for the heart. There was actually a hint of the things I’ve been asking for, and it was Indy of all places. Perhaps others saw a different race but I was pleasantly entertained, which is what I ask out of a race.

Kevin in SoCal
07/26/2010 07:56 PM

Adam, I enjoy reading Matt’s articles in spite of the negativity he focuses on. He’s a great story teller and I love hearing about the “good old days” when he visited the tracks and met his heros. Its just lately I feel like he’s unfairly pre-judging each race based on past history instead of watching with an open mind and reviewing each upcoming race on its own merits. When I said “keep it up” I meant it whole-heartedly as his style is obviously working. His column every Monday is always the most commented on all week. Just because I usually disagree with him doesnt mean I dont like him or that I think he’s wrong.

07/26/2010 09:08 PM

Oh, and BTW, did anyone pick up on the fact, in regards to F1 and NA$CAR fuel injection, that Mclaren was at Indy this weekend handshaking with who knows who? They’ve expressed interest before in regards to involvement in the US racing market. So there you go Matt, check it out. You might find a positive.

07/26/2010 09:58 PM

Yeesh… What a depressing review. Reading other reviews of events, the author doesn’t come across as a positive or happy person. Sad to say, but I can go elsewhere and enjoy NASCAR, but not here.

07/26/2010 10:34 PM

Personally I was glad McMurray won the race, I feel for happy for the owner of car #1, Teressa Earnhardt getting a Brickyard 400 win, to go along with her Daytona 500 win. Having attended the last 2 races and listening to the #88 on the scanner, Jr.‘s problem is that he could not communicate what his car was doing so Lance could fix it. Yesterday, Lance had to tell Jr. yet again, to shut and drive. I can’t wait to hear people like MaryBeth give their excuses on why Jr. failed to make the chase yet again. Jr. into the wall at Indy….Priceless!

07/26/2010 11:11 PM

Grudgingly, I have to agree with Kevin in SoCal this week. I thought is was a good race compared to many other races this year, and other Brickyard races. The drama of Ganassi pulling off the big 3 added alot to it, and after JuanMoTime blew it last year, waiting to see if he could do it, then Jamie Mac pulling it off for his boss was a feel good story considering he didn’t have a ride at the end of last season. Add to that Dale Jr. and Truex both bailed what was DEI, and seeing some success from….lemme think now…. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is kinda cool. Love Matt’s articles, but the negativity is becoming a tad overdone.

07/27/2010 08:45 AM

“I can’t wait to hear Juan’s apology to Jr. for what he did to his Chase chances.”


A) Its not Juan’s fault that Jr sucks as a driver.

B) Did I miss something, when did Jr have a shot at the chase?