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

Matt McLaughlin · Monday July 30, 2012

 

The Key Moment – On the final restart with two fresh tires, Greg Biffle got to battling with Kyle Busch (on four fresh tires) for second. By the time Busch prevailed, leader Jimmie Johnson was in a different area code.

Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 sailed to his fourth win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In a Nutshell – The Brickyard 400… the ultimate example of sizzle over steak.

Dramatic Moment – One lazy evening this week, I painted a model car body for a project I’m working on. Watching the paint dry was more exciting than Sunday’s “race.”

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

They’ll likely be talking about the Olympics, not Sunday’s farce of a race. How bad was this event? By lap 18, there was a 17-second gap between the leader and the tenth-place driver.

It might not have been a great race, but Indy certainly earned the award for the most ridiculous name of a race this year. The event was officially The 19th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtis Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records. Oh, and if you watched at home, thanks to our buds at ESPN they were showing the 19th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtis Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records telecast presented by Golden Corral.

Any more questions why I just call races like this “The Brickyard?” I wear out two keyboards a season as it is. (No disrespect intended towards Mr. Shaver, who is a local hero, not a brand of electric razors. Don’t know why, but the title Big Machine Records also gives me the shakes. She’s out there somewhere.)

I’ve seen more passes made at an Amish ice cream church social.

Attendance at the Brickyard 400 is officially listed as 125,000 souls. Cue up the Foreigner because I think whoever is issuing these counts has Double Vision.

Who says the drivers were more manly and tough back in the days of yore? Well anyway, who watched the No. 48 team lay pillows down for Jimmie Johnson (and others) for them to kneel on when they kissed the bricks after Sunday’s victory lest they scrape their dainty knees. C’mon, seriously?

Editor’s Note: The pillows were part of a Crown Royal promotion. But still…

Jeff Gordon was one of several Hendrick Motorsports’ chassis noticeably “dog-walking” on Sunday.

Wasn’t the new “parallel” sway bar links rule supposed to eliminate the cars “dog walking” around the track? Johnson’s No. 48 car looked like a bloodhound hot on the trail of an escaped convict.

Talk about a one-groove track! Having to restart the race in the outside lane was basically a death sentence for a driver’s chance at winning or even advancing.

Does the Brickyard 400 still matter? In this writer’s opinion, it doesn’t and frankly never has. The Indy 500 was and still is a big deal, but the track configuration has never lent itself to stock car racing. Attendance is way off at a place where the 400-miler once sold out and I’d guess that’s because of the tire debacle in 2008. The Formula One series had a similar tire-related disaster, one that saw most of the field pull off after the parade lap, but at least they were wise enough to know the red was done licked all off their candy and they never returned.

OK, let me get this straight. It was OK for Kyle Busch to pass Kasey Kahne at the start of Saturday’s Nationwide race because Kahne buzzed the tires, but it’s not OK for Elliott Sadler to pass Brad Keselowski on a late restart after Keselowski spun his tires. Where’s the logic there? I figured this issue was going to happen after Carl Edwards got black-flagged for jumping a restart at Richmond. This is what you get when the sanctioning body had a rulebook written in pencil. ESPN gave us a taste of things to come, too by hurrying off the air Saturday without as much as a follow-up interview with a clearly dejected Sadler. As for NASCAR officials, it’s one thing to have egg on your face. It’s another to wear a hen as a hat.

Details of AJ Allmendinger’s failed substance test are still emerging. Frankly, I think the PR people on both sides have bungled this one badly, letting things drag on so long. These sorts of secrets used to be easily kept in the insular garage area but the Internet pried that door open a scoosh and social mediums have kicked it wide open.

Here’s what I’ve learned during my brief foray with Twitter. (Follow me at @mcmatt76) Twitter, like nature, abhors a vacuum when it comes to information. In the absence of hard information, speculation and rumor flourish. In this instance, let’s say someone tweeted (Twit?) “Is it possible this was from an energy drink?” As that question hurtles from cell phone, to laptop to PC, someone will eventually say, “It might have been an energy drink,” which then morphs to, “It was probably an energy drink,” and eventually to, “It was just an energy drink.”

A few years ago, AJ Allmendinger looked like one of the most promising raw talents on the Cup circuit. Now? He’ll be lucky to get a ride in 2013 after running afoul of NASCAR’s drug policy.

Fill in “dietary supplement” and repeat and retweet. So eventually, what we have is a “new truth” without a scrap of veracity to back it up. Even the mainstream media gets in on the game by writing things like, “It’s been widely speculated on Twitter that the source of the failed test was a dietary supplement.” Notice they’re not saying it’s a fact, just that some folks are saying that’s the case. So in this instance, Allmendinger would have been better served just fessing up and telling folks what he tested positive for. Supposedly, NASCAR says he was informed of what the substance was the day he was suspended at Daytona. Or, at least I think they did. I read it on Twitter, so it’s got to be so. (As it stands written in the Book of Bruce, “No Re-tweet, and no Re-sender”)

Editor’s Note: Allmendinger has tested positive for amphetamines; we just don’t know the specific type of drug that triggered that test. Could be anything from “meth” to some crazy energy drink Twitter speaks of.

One casualty of the declining attendance at Indy was the short track down the street, Indianapolis Raceway Park. That oval once hosted the Nationwide (nee Busch) and Truck Series races; while the Cup cars typically put on predictable parades at the big track, the racing at IRP was usually hot and heavy on the bullring Fridays and Saturdays. Apparently, NASCAR thought staging three races in one weekend at the home of the 500 would centralize focus and fan interest. Good luck with that. Why buy tickets to three boring races rather than just one? Like they say, “Good seats are still available.” Too bad good racing is not.

Yes, there was a horrific motorhome fire outside of Indy on Friday. No, there is no evidence it was caused by Juan Pablo Montoya hitting the coach while driving too fast in the rain-soaked parking lot trying to get to the infield. Later in the day, JPM was indeed involved in a controversial incident, competing part-time in the Rolex race and just happening to wreck out a Ford that’s a prime competitor to his team’s, Chip Ganassi Racing, overall championship title chase. Let’s just say Montoya’s brief stint in the Rolex Series was about as well received as Mitt Romney’s recent visit to the London Olympics.

Rain at Indy? Well it hasn’t rained there in seven weeks – the Midwest is stuck in a terrible drought that is decimating farmers in the area – but bring NASCAR racing to a city and it surely looks like rain.

Chevy unveiled their new entry for next year’s Nationwide races and it’s the Camaro. So next year, the Camaros will be battling it out with their longtime nemesis the Mustang and hopefully a few Challengers — if teams can be found to run them. While maintaining a lot of the styling cues of the street legal Camaro, I’ll contend that the race car is actually better-looking with an airier greenhouse rather than the gun-turret look of its street counterpart. I’d suggest Chevy follow that lead in redesigning their next Camaro. This first car was built by RCR and they, too, missed a trick. If they’d chosen a little deeper color of blue and added yellow stripes, the Camaro would have looked like a tribute to the Penske/Donahue Trans Am racers that ran with such success from 1967-69.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

It was a tough weekend for former points leader Matt Kenseth. He hit the wall in practice and qualifying, then got wrecked out of the main event on Sunday en route to 35th. I’m not sure about the wisdom of tossing an expensive crash helmet into a burning car, though.

Kurt Busch actually ran within the top 10 early in the event but a botched pit stop cost him a lap. In the end, it didn’t matter much because later in the day he lost an engine.

Carl Edwards qualified for the outside pole under the watchful eye of new crew chief Chad Norris. But early in the event, the No. 99 car began losing power leaving Edwards to endure a long afternoon finishing four laps off the pace in 29th.

Brad Keselowski and his team were playing a strategy game in the pits, but it all went awry when Keselowski was consigned to that outside line for a restart and he slid up the track and out of contention. The No. 2 car wound up ninth, while Regan Smith (who was on the inside line for said restart) earned a one-on-one conversation filled with choice words for sometime this week.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

With his first top-5 finish in over two months, Kyle Busch is hoping Indy rights the ship during a rollercoaster season driving Joe Gibbs’ No. 18 Toyota.

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch made hard contact on a restart but the No. 48 car ran on undaunted – to another country.

It looked like Kyle Busch’s car had suffered day-ending failure when the No. 18 car slowed leaving pit road, belching heavy black smoke out the tailpipes. But whatever gremlin had infected the car at that point never reared its ugly head again for the rest of the race allowing Busch to finish second… though he’d have needed to find a set of binoculars to see Johnson take the checkers.

As bad as Tony Stewart’s No. 14 car ran for much of the race, he’ll probably leave Indy counting a tenth-place finish as a gift. Racers also learned that blocking doesn’t get you on Stewart’s good side.

Worth Noting

  • The No. 48 team’s win was the tenth straight for Chevrolet at the Brickyard.
  • The top-10 finishers at Indy drove five Chevys, three Toyotas, a Ford and a Dodge.
  • Kyle Busch’s second-place finish was his first top-5 result in eight Cup races.
  • Biffle’s third-place finish was his best since he won at Texas. Biffle also finished third in the first three Cup races this season.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has finished fourth in three of the last four races.
  • Gordon (fifth) hasn’t finished worse than twelfth in the last six races.
  • Ryan Newman (seventh) has strung together three top-10 finishes for the first time this year.
  • Keselowski (ninth) has four consecutive top-10 results.
  • Kasey Kahne (12th) has only led laps in two of the last eight races. In both instances he did lead laps, he won.
  • Harvick (13th) hasn’t enjoyed a top-5 finish since Dover.
  • Kenseth (35th) suffered through his worst result of the season and his first DNF.
  • Johnson joins Keselowski and Stewart as this season’s three-time winners. Johnson also has the most top-5 finishes this year with ten such results. Earnhardt, Kenseth, Biffle and Hamlin have nine apiece.
  • Johnson is also tied with Earnhardt for the most top-10 runs this year. They have each posted 15 top-10 results in this season’s 20 points-paying races.

What’s the Points?

For the first time since 2004, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. holds the points lead. Kenseth is down one spot to second and fourteen points out of the top spot. Biffle, Johnson, Hamlin and Harvick hold serve in positions three through six, respectively.

Martin Truex, Jr. sits seventh, while Tony Stewart hangs tough in eighth. Keselowski and Bowyer swapped ninth and tenth spots, with the Dodge driver now having the advantage.

Further back, Kyle Busch advanced two spots to 11th, albeit 55 points behind Bowyer. More importantly, he retains one of the Wild Card spots with a win earlier this year.

Carl Edwards fell a spot to twelfth in the standings. If the Chase field were set on Sunday, he’d find himself on the outside looking in. I wonder if that notion scares him more than racing a car full of clowns? (Is that thing Mel Gibson’s old ride from the Mad Max movies?)

Kahne fell a spot to thirteenth in the points but would still get a Wild Card spot based on having won twice this season. Jeff Gordon jockeyed his way up two spots to fifteenth, but his winless streak has him on the outside looking in at any possible title hopes.

Of note: Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. are the only drivers inside the top 10 in points who haven’t won a race this season.

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six-pack an instant classic) — Zero cans for a race enjoyed by zero fans.

Next Up – The circuit heads back to the Keystone State for Poc-o-two, the second 400-mile version of the summer races at the track. With any luck, it might be another good race there as well.

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Ken
07/30/2012 06:04 AM
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This was the worst Brickyard 400 ever, and not just because it was won by Team Sleeze! Indy has lost its luster, and if justice is served, the track and its pathetic excuse for racing will be deleted from the 2013 schedule.

upgrayedd
07/30/2012 06:50 AM
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When I saw Kyle Busch’s car belching out black smoke I thought they filled the tank with diesel instead of race fuel.

Bill B
07/30/2012 07:12 AM
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yaaawn….zzzzzzzzzzz

janice
07/30/2012 07:38 AM
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sure hope the people that count butts in seats at races this year won’t be the one’s monitoring the ballot box this fall!

olympics are also having difficulty putting butts in seats so they’re giving tickets to the military who are there to provide security. at least romney looked halfway enthusiastic at opening ceremonies than the queen did!

got a nice 1.5 hr nap in on sunday afternoon, thanks to the brickyard. i was kind of hoping i’d read where johnson’s car failed post race inspection, but i guess hendrick has banned knauss from his tricky engineering for the remainder of the season after daytona this past feb.

so we’ll hear about 6th championship for the remainder of the season from espn?! blah…. an hour long pre-race show is 45 minutes too long.

Joe
07/30/2012 07:45 AM
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worst Brickyard ever? Apparently you forgot the tire race.

Unfortunately the race ain’t going away even if the people do.

Ghost of Curtsi Turner
07/30/2012 07:47 AM
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I must give props to ESPN for making sure they never showed the empty grandstands. That must have been some difficult camera work. Oh and was there a race going on? I’ll i saw was a bunch of cars going in a single file.

Carl D.
07/30/2012 08:04 AM
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“Sizzle over steak” sums up this farce perfectly. The Nationwide cars seemed a bit better suited for the track than the cup cars, but not by much. And even as a die-hard Brad Keselowski fan, I’ll admit that Elliott Sadler was robbed of a victory by horrible officiating.

Carl D.
07/30/2012 08:07 AM
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P.S. – On the plus side, Raul Malo did one of the best jobs of singing the national anthem in recent memory. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there.

janice
07/30/2012 08:17 AM
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Carl D- yes he did. i also enjoyed the invocation.

Mr. Mentalo
07/30/2012 09:14 AM
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Do we still need this race? Also, can it still be considered a “big time race” when no one shows up and the on-track product is awful?

Don Mei
07/30/2012 09:44 AM
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Spent most of the afternoon working on the old Corvette in the garage. Popped in a few times to check on the “race”, finally decided to turn the sound off because I am REALLY sick of hearing “Joe Racer is leaving the pits now with new tires and a fresh tank of SUNOCO fuel”. Do these idiots get a bonus evry time they say Sunoco?

Stephen Hood
07/30/2012 09:47 AM
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Agree Raul’s “Star Spangled Banner” was the best part of the telecast. There did seem to be some compelling racing going on, but ESPN did not seem to be aware of it. Why weren’t the cameras following Junior moving from 24th to 10th early in the race or Gordon racing from 12th to 5th at the end of the race. I’ve watched enough Indy races to know that no one is going to pass the leader unless she runs out of gas or hits the wall, so why not show some of the racing deeper in the field where there does seem to be some actually passing?

As for the empty seats, ESPN did show the empty seats on a number of occasions, especially in their shots from the blimp. I actually believe the 125,000 number. What is hard to believe is there were 240,000 fans in the stands 4 years ago.

Don Mei
07/30/2012 09:53 AM
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It’s a boring track for full sized Nascar cars. I really don’t know why they won’t make a roadrace out of it. The attendance or racing couldn’t be any worse than it already is.

PattyKay
07/30/2012 10:01 AM
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Two high points in Sunday’s race: Raul Malo singing the National Anthem at the beginning and Little Genevieve Johnson refusing to give up her lips to those oily, dirty old bricks.

In-between… nothing!

Worst race ever? I’d say that would be a toss-up between the dust bowl that provided a caution every 15 laps, but a wreck every 12, and the very first one back in ’94. How can she say that? Easy! We never belonged there in the first place, and obviously, we still don’t .

There can never be wedded bliss between 3400 lb. stock cars and a completely flat track any larger than little Martinsville. That combo will always end in divorce… or should.

Jimmie Johnson and Rick Mears will now have something to talk about? Only if they are discussing how much Jimmie would charge to shine Rick’s shoes… or maybe Borg-Warner trophy replicas.

Great take on the state of the sport as always Kid! BZF should hire you to do his press conferences. Now THAT would be interesting.

wcfan
07/30/2012 10:03 AM
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I was pleasantly surprised with the racing and TV coverage on SATURDAY. They actually showed some of the racing back in the pack. While SUNDAY was the usual, AB giggling like little kid, and follow the leader racing.

Would still have liked to see Busch and Trucks at IRP. Had BEST RACE of weekend Fri. Night at IRP with ARCA. Good tight racing with outcome not decided until the very end.

Vicki
07/30/2012 10:04 AM
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Always such a pleasure to read the happy, upbeat comments of NASCAR reporters and fans.

JMG
07/30/2012 10:16 AM
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The best racing this weekend – the 2 hour Senna special on ESPN 2 last night and the rerun of sprint cars from Eldora…the rest of it this weekend wasn’t racing.

Greg
07/30/2012 10:18 AM
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Enough with trying to make this race somehow “equivalent” to the prestige associated with the 500. Different animal completely. I understand it’s special to win, or even participate in a race at IMS, but you don’t really become anymore than a footnote in the storied history of the Speedway. Go to the museum and see how much of the display is dedicated to stock cars…

Carl D.
07/30/2012 10:58 AM
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For Vicki…

At the famed Indianapolis Speedway yesterday, no bunnies or baby kittens were run over during the Nascar race that was held there yesterday. The weather was nice, and Rusty Wallace didn’t swear once during the broadcast. And, winner Jimmie Johnson seems like such a nice young man.

Matt
07/30/2012 11:11 AM
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Yep, it’s another Happy, Shiny People day here at the Frontstretch.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s

Don Juan
07/30/2012 11:13 AM
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the tire debacle was actually one of the better 400’s since the outcome was in doubt. Positions would actually change because people would hit the wall.

fntasm
07/30/2012 12:18 PM
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I drove from Wisconsin to Indy for Fridays two road races. That was fun. Never checked on any of the NASCAR stuff the rest of the weekend.
BYW the fire wasn’t really horrific, unless it was your motorhome, the firemen were on it in three minutes. The smoke came right over us in turn 1 or 12 which ever way you look at it. I do have to say this, the guys who were lucky enough to run there street tuner cars in the Continental Tire Challenge sure were some lucky dudes!! The Grand Am race was ok but it was the GT guys that were really entertaining.

Charles
07/30/2012 12:52 PM
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Actually Matt, you got the lines that Keselowski and Smith were on that restart backwards. Keselowski was leading because he didn’t pit on that particular caution, so he was on the inside line, and Smith, first out of the pits as a result of a two-tire change, was on the outside. As the field was in turn two, the air from Smith’s car sucked Keselowski around and only Smith’s car prevented it from going all the way around. The sea parted for Johnson, and he was gone from there.

And as for the event and the crowd, the luster was bound to wear off sooner or later, and the Brickyard 400, more than any other race, has been adversely affected by the Chase. And Indy never was designed for competitve racing. It was built in 1909 as test track for the cars of that time, so IMS is not that good a track for racing, but it was never really designed for it, either.

In fact, the legacy of the Brickyard 400 on NASCAR may be the aero-push, because the 1995 Brckyard 400 is where the aero-push problems in NASCAR really started.

Tim
07/30/2012 01:16 PM
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How strange…the 48 once again can outrun every other car on the track with ease. Even his teammates. I’m SURE there’s nothing fishy going on there…..right?

Just ask John Middlebrook.

Kevin in SoCal
07/30/2012 01:19 PM
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I’m just laughing at the arrogant and ignorant Junior fans on social media cheering for their boy who hasnt led the points in 8 years. Tell me again, how many drivers leading the points have gone on to win the Chase? For these fans, they’re hoping Brian France and Mike Helton find some obscure rule to end the season now and declare Junior the winner.

AncientRacer
07/30/2012 01:26 PM
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I did not see nor hear any racing from Indianapolis this weekend and this morning I woke up in a good mood thinking about what an incredibly good show “Breaking Bad” is and how I am sure that the end of this final season most everyone will die.

You may draw your own conclusions from my experience. ;)

GinaV24
07/30/2012 02:02 PM
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Was there a race on Sunday? Between the commercials and all of the gimmick shots from the cameras, who would know? The best race was off pit road for the lead – and the cameras actually caught it. ESPN was bragging that they went commercial free for the last 23 minutes & into the post-race coverage. They fail to mention that for a good part of that time, there was ONE car in the shot – the 48. I get that he was in a country of his own, but how about a split screen so we could see the field – obviously Gordon moved up after that first restart, but if I didn’t have trackpass, I wouldn’t have known that from the TV coverage.

I actually laughed over those pretty purple pillows that they put down for them to kneel on.

Vicki, if there wasn’t some reason to BE happy about the racing and/or the broadcasts, we’d enjoy talking about it. As long as this garbage is what the fans are going to get, well, garbage in, garbage out.

Carol Bell
07/30/2012 02:14 PM
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I just wonder when NASCAR will realize they have a huge problem. I don’t expect them to admit it, but at this point they seem incapable of believing that a problem even exists.

CincyLady
07/30/2012 02:16 PM
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As for NASCAR officials, it’s one thing to have egg on your face. It’s another to wear a hen as a hat.

LMAO. So true and yet so refreshing…

Earner
07/30/2012 03:00 PM
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It was what you would expect from Indy (with this car) there was racing (in pack) & was better than the great tire fiasco & any fontana/las vegas/chicago/race..Guess you folks just watch for crash’s lol

Joe
07/30/2012 03:07 PM
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Sunday was pathetic. The racing has become substandard because of this joke of a car but the TV coverage continues to be moronic. Wake up NASCAR.

Spot1
07/30/2012 04:18 PM
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I kinda thought the best racing on the tube this weekend was the World of Outlaws Kings Royal on SPEED Saturday afternoon.

Max
07/30/2012 04:39 PM
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The Sprint Cup racing schedule needs to be contracted – one of the issues that is killing this sport is racing at venues where no one gives a damn whether they race there or not – for obvious reasons.

I swear that Nascar and the TV networks have attended some sort of PR/propaganda school in the defunct Soviet Union based on the outlandish BS that comes out of their minds – such as racing in places where the actual racing is obviously a farce.

I go to 4 races a year (Bristol & Dega) but I know longer watch on tv.

babydufus
07/30/2012 09:52 PM
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after doing a little reading, i am soooooo glad i didn’t watch it. Matt takes the road courses off… me? i take indy and pocono.. i’ll watch the glen then i’ll be back after the fuel milage race. i just couldn’t take any more after the saTURDay show.

Upstate24fan
07/30/2012 10:13 PM
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I went to the races this weekend. I had a great time. You go to Indy knowing you aren’t going to see a plate-track type finish. Other than Johnson running away at the end, the racing was pretty good for Indy. On attendance, I don’t think any race outside the Daytona 500 will draw 200,000+ for the foreseeable future. It just looks worse at Indy because the place holds 250,000. 125,000 is still more than most of the other races will draw this year.

I love the history of Indy. From a visiting stand point, parking was easy, it was easy to get in and out, and prices were reasonable. On a more general note, no one should be complaining about the cost of NASCAR when you compare it to all the major team sports. It’s the only major sport I’ve been to where they let you bring your own food and drinks in. All in all, Indy was fun and I would go back again. I wish the support races were still at the short track, but I enjoyed both the Nationwide race and the Grand-Am race.

john
07/30/2012 10:45 PM
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I watched alot of in car feeds on sattelite and there was some great racing in the pack.The TV broadcasts only want to show the first couple spots and that can make for a boring race or Jr. gets up front that’s all you hear.The Indy track has lost it’s appeal over the years as Nascar went to the car of tragedy.The invisable ink Nascar uses in the rule book doesn’t help the sport.They should have never brought the Busch series to the Brickyard ,the race was much more interesting.Great Article by the way.I would give this one a can of warm Old Boheimian if I could find one.

mkrcr
07/31/2012 12:51 AM
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The pillows for JJ’s knees was almost as funny as him in that Brokeback cowboy hat in Texas.

Racing in the pack? Except for the restarts where the hell was the pack? I just saw a line of cars as far as the eye could see.

I too painted this weekend. With the TV in the other room, I kept thinking I was missing something exciting but everytime I checked the 48 was on screen or a commercial.

SteveS
07/31/2012 02:46 AM
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Funny was I the only one to notice that during qualifying JJ’s sideways car was the only one that didn’t have the lap time tracker working but still put up a good time?

The restart issue was a joke but I have come to expect that from nascar. I am just surprised they let the HMS car get screwed on the first one.

The cupcake race was a total waste of time. I went there once in 96 and vowed to never return as you can’t see any of the race.

IRP is the real track in Indy, at least if you got fenders.

Red Carey
07/31/2012 03:56 PM
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Race……What race????

I watched the first 15 minutes and then deleted the whole race off my DVR. I caught the finishing order on NASCAR.com and then read about the race in this column, thank you Matt. It sure frees up some time to enjoy a sunny sunday.

billsprehe
07/31/2012 10:43 PM
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HEAT RACES PLEASE!
Anybody hear me?
Does anybody really watch a whole race?