Actually, before Michigan, since the race may or may not take place on Tuesday – please enjoy this rain-shortened version with Five Points to Ponder.
1. Weather Woes – What if it rains again Tuesday and the race can’t be held? NASCAR says that the Michigan race would tentatively move to the end of the schedule and would be held on Thanksgiving weekend, making it the final race of the year. The New Hampshire race on September 16th would become the final “regular-season” race, and the first Chase race would be Dover on September 23rd. There is still an outside chance that NASCAR could try to run the race on Wednesday, however.
2. Thermal undies, anyone? – So, what would the weather be like at MIS if the race is moved to November 23rd? The average high and low temperatures for the Brooklyn, Michigan, area on that date are 42 and 28 degrees respectively, with a record low of minus-two degrees. I looked it up so you don’t have to.
3. Eight is Enough – Or at least it would be for Kenny Wallace, who finds himself without a ride after suddenly being let go by Furniture Row Racing last week. Wallace reportedly left this message on DEI’s voicemail over the weekend: “This is Kenny Wallace. I have had over 1,500 emails – the fans are forcing me to call you to put my name in the hat. I realize you might not want me to drive the car, but please tell Teresa that there’s been an uprising. I just want you to know I would love to drive the No. 8 car.” It probably won’t happen, but wouldn’t it be fun if it did?
4. Anger or Alzheimer’s? – Carl Edwards is generally perceived as very nice guy, even if Tony Stewart once called him the “Eddie Haskell of NASCAR.” But after Saturday’s Busch Series race, Edwards referred to fellow Cup driver Reed Sorenson – who spun Edwards during the race – as, “whatever his name is that drives the No. 41.” Question for readers: Did Edwards “forget” Sorenson’s name accidentally or intentionally?
5. Lap Leaders – Jeff Gordon has a 344-point lead in the standings, but surprisingly is not the overall lap leader. That distinction falls to Stewart, who has led 851 laps heading into Michigan, compared to 815 for Gordon. They are followed by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. Gordon has one more win than Stewart, and Tony has three DNFs compared to just one for Jeff. Despite NASCAR’s attempts to shift the emphasis to race wins this year, consistency may still trump victory in the big picture.