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

Matt McLaughlin · Monday April 16, 2012


Greg Biffle snapped a 49-race winless streak by winning Texas Saturday night, snapping fans awake (albeit briefly) by sneaking past a dominant Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps.

The Key Moment – With 31 laps left to run, Greg Biffle made a banzai pass on Jimmie Johnson for the lead. Johnson had been struggling with lapped traffic, most notably in the person of one Ryan Newman which gave the driver of the No. 16 car the opening he needed. The pass caused such a stir amongst the nearly dozens of fans left awake in the grandstands it woke up several others in their respective rows. Sixteen laps later, Johnson slapped the wall to all but seal the deal for Biffle.

In a Nutshell – I’ve seen better racing contests between amphibians. Putrid, utterly and relentlessly putrid to a degree that redefines putridity.

Dramatic Moment – Biffle slowly stalked and ran down Johnson over thirty laps by a tenth or so a circuit before making that final pass. Other than that, it was just waiting to see if the lights would go out again in turn three or if the track would be hit by hail the size of softballs.

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

Any more questions as to whether these 1.5-mile cookie cutters are destroying a once exciting sport?

Humpy Wheeler, NASCAR visionary and ex-head honcho at Charlotte, spoke about his own unique ideas on how to fix the racing at the intermediate tracks this week. Wheeler proposed that the field compete in several heat type races with the best finishers heading to the main event, a format used at most local short tracks. (And, of course, a “consolation” race for those not qualified for the main after the heats.) Run the main event for a short distance for all the marbles and let them have at it, basically ensuring four or five good races at an event rather than one long boring one like Saturday night’s debacle. I’m not sure how that would work as far as the points system, but I’m willing to try anything to avoid another “race” as monotonous as what we endured Saturday. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section below.

There were two caution flags during Saturday night’s entire race and one of them was because a ball cap ended up out on the track well above the groove where any of the drivers were running anyway. No, come on, seriously? I guess with all those high winds, a car hitting that ball cap could have sent it spinning like a Frisbee into the grandstands and put somebody’s eye out.

Paul Menard is one of several people at Richard Childress Racing scratching their heads over a slow start; 12th in points, he remains winless on the Cup circuit since Indy last July.

What is up with Richard Childress Racing? The team’s three drivers (Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton) have combined to score just three (of a possible 21) top-5 results this season. That equals the top-5 count of Joe Gibbs Racing’s trio. By this point last season, the two organizations had combined to win three of the 2011 schedule’s seven races.

Rick Hendrick announced this week that the infamous No. 48 car from this year’s Daytona 500 and last season’s fall Talladega race has been “retired.” Hendrick said he didn’t want to risk another thirty days of “agony” if the car was found suspect again at Talladega next month. Well, there’s that… and the fact the car in question was destroyed in a lap 2 wreck during the 500. Oh, and coincidentally I’m sure NASCAR announced this week they’ll be debuting a new C-pillar template at Talladega too. If the template don’t fit, you must eject it.

So what happens to a retired race car like that No. 48? It now resides in Dale Earnhardt’s outdoor museum of wrecked race cars he refers to as “lawn art.” “Lawn art,” huh? If I call some of my project cars, tractors, trucks and field cars “lawn art” think my obnoxious neighbor with his delicate sensibilities will leave me alone?

Well, thank goodness it was windy at Texas Saturday night. If not, the FOX announcing team would have been rendered virtually mute for three quarters of the race. Not that silence would have been such a bad thing in retrospect… I particularly liked DW’s insane notion that wind resistance in the pits was to blame for all the mistakes the crews made Saturday. So what was actually worse, the breezes at Texas or the hurricane of idiocy emerging from Waltrip’s mouth as he kept right on talking after having run out of anything to say?

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

Marcos Ambrose had a solid top-10 run going before running out of gas on the last lap and falling to 20th.

Tony Stewart’s weekend was over almost before it began. Very early in the first practice, he wrecked his primary car. While the team painted a brave face on the situation, stating the backup was actually a better mount prior to the race, the “new” No. 14 ran like one of Ward Burton’s “three-legged lambs” in the main event. He wound up 24th, two laps off the pace.

Early in the race, it appeared that Kevin Harvick could run with anyone, but a fumbled pit stop (dag-nab those gusty breezes) set him back in the field and he could only recover well enough to finish ninth.

I feel for any fan who paid good money for a ticket and traveled a long distance to see Saturday’s race. I can sympathize with your pain. I once bought a Chiklet blue Edsel Bermuda woody wagon at a bar thinking it would be a cool surf-rod. It was bad “lawn art,” as I recall.

For the second time this season, fuel pickup problems related to the new fuel injection system hampered the efforts of Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team. Keselowski was in the top 10 when his Dodge began cutting out on him. He struggled home 36th.

It didn’t appear that it was going to be Kyle Busch’s night, anyway but a miscue in the pits that dropped the right front tire on the tire changer’s air hose sealed the deal. (Maybe the wind blew the hose under there?) Busch went on to finish eleventh.

Martin Truex, Jr. and Michael Waltrip Racing are having their best season together, a sixth-place finish on Saturday night leaving him fourth in points.

Pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr. showed a lot of strength during the Texas event. At this point last year, a solid sixth-place finish would have been seen as a miracle for the MWR team, but getting trapped in his pit combined with the Herculean effort needed to pass a single car derailed his effort.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

Johnson parked the right side of his car fairly hard into the outside wall with fifteen laps left to go. But he was able to drive undaunted, if not un-dented, on to a second-place finish, a decided improvement over his result at Martinsville a couple weeks ago.

On a night where passing seemed all but impossible, Jeff Gordon started 34th and rallied his way to a fourth-place finish.

Carl Edwards did pretty well making passes, too. He made an extra pit stop thinking the crew had left lug nuts loose during the second caution period (they hadn’t) and he fell back to 30th for the restart. Somehow, this season’s “Invisible Man” rallied back to an eighth-place finish.

Matt Kenseth also mistakenly thought his team had left lug nuts loose (I don’t know if you heard, but the No. 17 crew was battling wind resistance in the pits) and was ready to fix it when the potentially deadly ball cap brought out the first caution. That saved him from potentially going laps down en route to a fifth-place finish. (Did anyone see if that mystery ball cap had a No. 17 on the lid?)

While they’re still searching for that elusive 200th win, the four HMS Chevys finished in the top 10 Saturday. So did all three Jack Roush Fords.

Worth Noting

  • Biffle won for the first time in 49 races. As an added bonus, the circuit now heads off to Kansas, the last track where Biffle had scored a Cup victory.
  • Biffle and Kenseth now each have four top-5 finishes in this season’s seven points races. Biffle, Earnhardt, Truex and Johnson each have five top-10 finishes in those seven races, the most of all drivers.
  • Jeff Gordon’s fourth-place finish was his first top-5 result of 2012 and thus, obviously his best of the season.
  • Kahne’s seventh-place result was his best of the season and his first top 10 with HMS.
  • While still winless, Johnson came home second for the second time this season.
  • Mark Martin’s third-place finish was his best since he ran second at Dover last May.
  • Carl Edwards still hasn’t led a single lap this season. That’s a potential of seven bonus points he’s left on the table which could haunt him come the Chase.
  • The top-10 finishers at Texas drove five Chevys, three Fords and a pair of Toyotas. A.J. Allmendinger in 15th was the top finishing Dodge driver.
  • Stewart’s 24th-place finish was his worst of the year.

What’s the Points?

Naturally, with a win Biffle remains atop the championship standings. He’s now 19 points ahead of both Kenseth and Earnhardt. Kenseth is listed as second in the standings because of his win in the Daytona 500.

Truex moves up two spots to take over fourth in the points. Harvick remains fifth. The top 10 is rounded out by Denny Hamlin (+1), Tony Stewart (-4), Johnson (+2), Ryan Newman (-1), and Clint Bowyer (-1).

Carl Edwards is eleventh in the standings, while Paul Menard is twelfth, up two spots compared to last week. But if the regular season were to end now, Keselowski would start the Chase twelfth based on his victory at Bristol. Of course, if the regular season were to end right now, there’d be a bunch of confused fans at Kansas next Sunday wondering where the Hell everyone else was.

Among other notables, both Jeff Gordon and his HMS teammate Kasey Kahne advanced four spots this week. Gordon is now 17th in the standings while Kahne is mired in 27th. Yikes. They don’t print your picture on ball cards for those sort of stats.

Whither the brothers Busch? Kyle is up two spots to fourteenth whilst Kurt holds steady at 26th. Meanwhile, David Reutimann’s 26th-place finish moves the No. 10 team up two spots to 34th in the standings, with a four-point gap over 36th. Who the heck cares, right? Danica Patrick.

Finally, for all the doomsday critics who feel Johnson will win this year’s title because of the 25 points restored to him by John Middlebrook’s surprise overturning of the Daytona penalties, here’s the 411. Johnson is eighth in the points; absent the penalty reversal, he’d still be twelfth. Like Bill Murray taught us in “Meatballs,” “It just doesn’t matter…”

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 race one can of tepid Lone Star you have to share with a dying cowboy in the backseat of a Greyhound bus out of Abilene. (Few people outside of Texas may realize that Lone Star is the only product to be marketed both as a beer and a paint thinner.)

Next Up – The Cup circuit heads off to Kansas, where they’ve opened a new casino. So what’re the odds that the race itself will be another big bore-fest?

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04/16/2012 06:27 AM

That “race” was an utter POS. I literally fell asleep sometime after the 100 lap mark and couldn’t bear to watch the dvr yesterday and deleted the recording. That place is in dire need of a CAT D5 facelift.

04/16/2012 07:13 AM

Nothing ever happens any more. No one spins out, no one races hard against anyone else, hardly ever does anyone blow a motor. The cars are too fast for the tracks they run, and too aerodynamically dependent. It doesn’t matter what you do to the tracks (Bristol, I’m talking to you), unless you fix the cars.

04/16/2012 07:57 AM

That race was just as bad as California or worse. Went to the Rock yesterday, saw more racing in 200 laps than I saw all year in Cup excluding Martinsville.

04/16/2012 07:58 AM

Long after the checkers fell, my wife woke me up off the couch. First thing I muttered was “who won the race?” She says “Hell if I know, I fell asleep, too”. NASCAR: nature’s natural sleep aid…

04/16/2012 07:59 AM

I was at the track and it sounds like it was boring on tv. I thought it was good in person, but that’s usually how it is. I prefer long green flag runs and few cautions though.

04/16/2012 08:36 AM

There was a time when Texas was a decent race, had some problems with the transition out of turn 4, which added to some of the drama. But I have to agree with Matt saturday night was horrible racing, nearly unwatchable.

04/16/2012 08:46 AM

the wind disturbing the pit crew comment was priceless.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune:
me. i couldn’t get the dvr to fast forward any faster.

rock and the F1 race were good though.

04/16/2012 08:49 AM

…and then nas#car wonders why fans have been leaving in droves. After the California race, I stated that it was up there on the list of the worst races I’d ever seen. This race topped that one easily. I fell asleep during the race. I give this race no beers. And Kansas is next? Oh boy!

Sherri T
04/16/2012 08:51 AM

About the only thing I enjoyed was watching Jeff move up from 34 to the top 5, but that didn’t take all that long…

04/16/2012 09:04 AM

I was watching real racing at The Rock. I would recommend moving this event to Richmond County next year.

04/16/2012 09:12 AM

I find Texas boring, and even though I live 20 miles from it, I’m pretty sure I’ll never attend in person. Plus the traffic is horrible on 114 (or I-35) on normal days, can’t imagine what it’s like on race day.

just talking
04/16/2012 09:16 AM

Yes – bring back heats. This stuff is unwatchable and Kansas next – yikes!!

Two 50 lap heats, come one come all. Then a 100 lap final. Done. If the big boys wreck in the heat tough. Gives the little guys a chance once in awhile. Think of the added excitement. Give points throughout, but it make it harder to points race. (If possible)

The big boys and sponsors will never allow it though.

These guys are counting points from Daytona.

Oops sorry got to go – it is really windy in here – my typing is getting boiskdsad.

Carl D.
04/16/2012 09:24 AM

I recorded the race and fast-forwarded through the boring parts. Saw the whole thing in less than 10 minutes, plus I had the added benefit of no Waltrip commentary and no Waltrip commercials.

Is Kyle Busch still racing? A runner-up finish in Fontana and 6th place finish in Phoenix are his only top 10’s in seven races this year. The brash, obnoxious Kyle Busch was a real jerk, but Kyle Lite just ain’t getting the job done.

04/16/2012 09:30 AM

What’s happening to Childress and Gibbs is what will happen to Roush eventually…they are all being swallowed up by the Hendrick monolith, and I say that as a Jeff Gordon fan.

NASCAR came down hard on Jack Roush for having the nerve to run five cars, how is Hendrick getting away with their four, plus Stewart-Haas’s two (three when the overhyped swimsuit model is racing), plus all of the other teams they’re making engines for?

NASCAR should drop the four car per team rule already. It’s ridiculous and unenforceable.

Glad I missed this race. Watched something like four sporting events Saturday and deliberately avoided NASCAR.

I love the heat races idea Matt, but it will never happen. NASCAR would consider it too radical a change, unlike the Chase to the Ratings Nosedive.

04/16/2012 09:38 AM

>Carl D: Yes, Kyle is still racing and you can expect to see him in the Victory Lane soon. And it will be more times than you will care for. Kyle is too talented to not win soon. GO ROWDY!!!

04/16/2012 09:39 AM

Didn’t The Rock lose a race so we could have two at Texas…or was that Crapafornia??? Either way watching the Trucks run around there yesterday was awesome and I just hope that in my lifetime someone at NASCAR pulls their head out of their ass for a brief moment and we get to see the big boys run around The Sandhills one more time.

BTW…it is Abilene, TX and the only reason I know that is because I spent a very long year there back in the 80’s attending ACU.

04/16/2012 09:45 AM

First of all did not turn the race on. Can’t stand the commentators or commercials not counting the boring race. I have noticed a strange thing about Nascar and North Korea. The leaders of both look alike,each have had dictators for three generations and neither care about world opinion.

laidback racing
04/16/2012 09:59 AM

knowing it was gonna be “one of those races” I took a sleeping pill and went to bed by 8:30 so I could get up at 4 to go see a real racetrack…THE ROCK!!!!
been sayin for a few years what Humpy is saying…since they are only racy the last 30 or so laps have heat races…1st heat the top 35 go on….next heat top 25 go on….make a few of the heats long enough for a pit stop….MAYBE if the fact that they have to go park is on them they might actually race the whole race!

04/16/2012 10:05 AM

i really thought mystery debris caution was going to come out once biffle passed johnson. how dare na$car not let hendrick get his 200th win this weekend, considering how much money he’s forked over to them.

with all the wind talk i kept wishing that the wind would blow away the 3 stooges, waltrip, hammond and waltrip.

it was good seeing racing at the rock. thanks andy hillenberg for being the steward of the rock.

The Mad Man
04/16/2012 10:10 AM

You mean that was a race Saturday night? I thought I was watching a 3 hour practice session because of the piss poor coverage, non-stop gum flapping by the Motormouth brothers, and constant flow of commercials.

Don Mei
04/16/2012 10:11 AM

NASCAR!!! Better than Sleep_Aids!!!Having trouble sleeping? Just turn on a Nascar race and be lulled to sleep by the dulcet tones of the brothers Waltrip!

Carl D.
04/16/2012 10:17 AM

Gordon85… I agree with you to a point about HMS, but Roush and Childress voluntarily downsized to three teams this year due to the lack of funding, a situation that even Hendrick has had to deal with. The whole business model is failing because it just cost too much to be competitive. That’s something Nascar could do something about, but their collective head is in the sand. It’s like they believe that once Danica Patrick moves to Cup, TV ratings will skyrocket, money will start pouring in, and there won’t be an empty seat at the tracks.

Shoeman… Believe it of not, I actually like seeing the Shrub contend for wins. Like you said, he’s talented and he’s exiting to watch. However, his average finish so far this year is 18th, and he just hasn’t been a lead dog since the neutering last year.

04/16/2012 11:43 AM

I guess a car could suck up a cap and knock off the oil pump belt or something, but probably not … … … However, several years ago at Atlanta they pulled a caution because a large black garbage sack blew out of the infield onto the track. I’ll given them that one (pulling a caution) because it could have easily blocked someone’s windshield. But, for a cap??

04/16/2012 11:45 AM

Turned on the “race” with about a hundred laps left. Saw Johnson leading and a camera followed him lap after lap after lap after… Even during side by side pit stops it was Johnson lap after lap after lap after…. Watching the scroll Edwards was a tenth behind Kyle around fourteenth. Then Edwards was ahead of him . Did anybody see it? No, but Johnson was still the focus. Edwards made steady progress the rest of the race but none of the broadcast crew said anything. When will the idiot producers show the racing instead of following a script?

And thank God for Newman.

04/16/2012 11:52 AM

And if any template doesn’t fit, you must convict. But there is always the appeal process which can be very expensive.

04/16/2012 12:19 PM

I must have watched a different race, as I thought the race was pretty good overall. I watched the whole thing and sat patiently through the middle half waiting for Jimmie to implode. And when he did and Biffle got around him, there were a lot of cheers at my house! Glad to see one of Jack’s drivers deny The Felon that illusive 200th win! The only down side was that all four of the Felon’s cars finished in the top-10, while on the up-side, all three Roush drivers also finished in the top-10. Personally, I hope Felon-Rick has to haul that bag of hats around for the next 10-years! That would be true justice!

04/16/2012 12:38 PM

I’m a minority of one apparently, I like Fontana’s races. Multiple lines and the ability to change them mid corner. The only track where cars seem to go in different directions during the corner. Every year people complain about that race, but always say, yeah but this year was actually pretty competetive. Then they go back to trashing it.
So if Fontana gets cut to one 400 mile race why does this crappy track get 2 500 milers? (Whenever you don’t know the answer, the answer is money).
Never had good racing there, and never will because of the narrow line across the start/finish line. Anyone want to explain how a clone of Charlotte can have so much worse racing?

Tom Dalfonzo
04/16/2012 12:39 PM

I think the Texas Motor Speedway should increase banking in all 4 turns from 24 degrees in 31 degrees. That would make Texas Motor Speedway an outstanding, unique, 1-of-a-kind race track, but most importantly, an extremely exciting race track.

Wayne T. Morgan
04/16/2012 12:42 PM

What do you people want?? First all the writers and fans bitch about NA$CAR throwing cautions all the time to change the race and now a race is run with only two at a record pace and you bitch. Oh i thought racing was about the fastest car winning and the others changing to catch the leader. Gordon did pretty good I’d say without cautions for your favorites to get a break. Now if you wanna sleep watch F-1.

04/16/2012 01:03 PM

Although I agree there are way too many races run at the 1 1/2 mile “cookie cutter” tracks throughout the season (bring back The Rock, North Wilkesboro, 2nd race at Darlington, add Iowa, etc.), the tracks themselves are not to blame for the bad racing. Indycar has run some incredible races on the 1 1/2 mile tracks. The problem is that POS known as the COT. Until NASCAR fixes the aero problems with this car, the racing will suck. Better yet, remove all aerodynamic “aids” that generate downforce (i.e. aero grip) and let the cars just get by on mechanical grip (and let NASCAR build a tire better suited to the COT). This will remove the dreaded “aero push” encountered by the second car and allow some actual passing (and thus racing).

04/16/2012 01:05 PM

Whoops, I meant let Goodyear build a better tire, not NASCAR.

Kevin in SoCal
04/16/2012 02:25 PM

Dunno what was so exciting about the Rockingham Truck race. One guy led most of the race and then screwed up in the pits during a caution. I didnt see a whole lot of side-by-side action at Texas or Rockingham, but I enjoyed the lack of cautions at Texas and watching the drivers actually race instead of parade under yellow.

Tom Dalfonzo
04/16/2012 02:50 PM

SpacemanSpiff, you hit it right on the money. Would it hurt to ask for your full name and if you have a Facebook page? I would love to meet you.

Ed Butler
04/16/2012 03:55 PM

The Busch / Nationwide race was pretty good. Is it just the lower HP and newer bodies that makes better racing? I also would like to see heat races or something like AMA supercross. Only 20 -25 start the main event and you have to race your way in. Takes care of the lousy top 35 start rule.

04/16/2012 04:31 PM

Wow. After condemning the fans who want the ‘old’ Bristol back, I thought this track would be your idea of perfect. Lots of room to race, multiple lines, and very few laps ‘wasted’ under caution. If it isn’t exciting at Texas, why do you think it’s any more exciting at Bristol? Just askin.

Wayne T. Morgan
04/16/2012 04:49 PM

If you want assembly line race cars, ass-kissing,kool-aid drinking yes men, politics, pomp and ceremony, fake cautions and drama faked of course and worn out singers and stars and maybe a few who push the rules and get spanked by the dorm momma. then by all means watch NA$CAR. But if you like racing and action, good prices for two day tickets and cheap hotel rooms,then follow WOO,ASCS,or any top line late model dirt show and you won’t fall asleep or miss any action. And you can see and talk to a real driver too. NA$CAR was great twenty years ago but sadly the big boys and money have taken it down to something that passes for racing.

bud sudz
04/16/2012 05:32 PM

@EB—You are right. The NW race was entertaining with multiple grooves, side by side racing and passing. (AND A BIG PLUSESPN showed wide shots that allowed you to see the more than one car in the screen, which adds to the presentation of the race)

@SB—Multiple Grooves in the Cup Race? It was a single file parade until the very end of the run.

Maybe the answer is to put the Cup drivers in NW cars for 500 miles and see what unfolds.

04/16/2012 08:24 PM

Carl D. …..Na$crap also believes that “TV ratings will skyrocket, money will start pouring in, and there won’t be an empty seat at the tracks”, when their Most Popular Loser, Dale Jr., actually wins a race sometime in the next decade.

04/16/2012 08:27 PM

Does anybody know if Chad Knaus told JJ to “crack the rear end” in case they won the race?

04/16/2012 09:41 PM

Sure am glad I play in Fantasy Racing leagues. It makes it at least somewhat more exciting than watching grass grow, which is about the same as watching this race was!

04/16/2012 10:39 PM

Matt, I sure do feel sorry for you. Being a writer and covering the sport you pretty much are required to watch the race. At least I can just turn on ESPN, see who won and then read your column on the day after. I have been following you for a number of years, keep up the good fight, hopefully things will change for the better at some point in time.

04/16/2012 11:32 PM

Nascar is dying a slow death. It really is. It’s amazing how far it’s fallen in the last 10 years.

I have followed nascar since 1978, watching it become the fastest growing spectator sport. But these days there is very little, if any, nascar talk on local radio, very few kids, teens, or young adults care about the sport. And more and more old timers like myself are leaving. It’s very sad to see what’s become of nascar.

04/17/2012 09:49 AM

@Tyler I don’t doubt it was better in person. It’s so boring watching it on TV because of how the tv networks present the race. They will zoom in and focus on one car like it’s qualifying, they stubbornly refuse to show mid-pack racing, they basically follow the leaders even if they are single file. Despite being consistently in the top 15-20 all evening, i think Kurt Busch was mentioned only 2-3 times at the most.

04/17/2012 10:59 AM

On a scale of one to six beer cans, I give the Texas race a 30-Pack…because the resultant next-day Chinese Disease (DragonAss) hangover was more rewarding than watching this sitcom garbage. Too many wasted Sundays (and Saturday nights) anymore with Cup. Thanks NASCAR for freeing up my time to pursue other more important interests…such as watching paint dry, watching grass grow, or collecting beer cans…30 at a time.

04/17/2012 05:20 PM

Heat racing sounds better than that snoozefest but you left off the most important part of the old Friday night heat races, the powderpuff races! Wouldn’t you love to see Delana(since she wears the firesuit in the family) and the rest of the wives put on a show for several laps? Might be worth the price of admission by itself.

04/17/2012 06:57 PM

I usually laugh when people say they fell asleep since I never do. I always watch the practices, qualifying and races.

I fell asleep watching the recording also! Woke up for a bit with about 20 laps to go saw Biffle leading and passed back out!

I agree, bring this race to The Rock next year!

04/17/2012 07:29 PM

Given the advanced state of Delana’s pregnancy I don’t see her strapping into a race car anytime soon. Also last year they had a Legends race for wifes and girlfriends of race car drivers. Katie Kenseth broke her shoulder in a practice crash prior to that race. So I’m going to guess your idea is going to be a non-starter. Hey, maybe they could have a powder-puff race for just Danica Patrick to help pad her career statistics? Something tells me she’d still find a way to finish second.