Earnhardt’s win puts him #1 in the Chase standings, which of course differ from the Sprint Cup standings which I guess only matter if you are one of the 16 drivers who make the Chase. The Chase rules seem to change as often as Pizza Hut comes up with some new pizza special. It’s confusing to me, but I guess there will be a champion crowned after the conclusion of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Speedway. Actually, the champion will be known, he won’t be crowned until early December in Las Vegas. I say “he” not because I am sexist, but because the odds of Danica Patrick being that champion aren’t even remote.
Anyway, some post race thoughts:
-as far as Pocono races go, this was one of the better races. Compare it to eating vanilla ice cream. It isn’t a bad experience if that is all you have. There should be a lot more flavor in next Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, from Watkins Glen International.
-Rick Hendrick must love Pocono. His drivers have won the last five races at the Pennsylvania track, with Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, and Gordon each winning one race, and Earnhardt Jr. both races this season.
-considering that Earnhardt won only 4 races in the previous 9 seasons (2005-2013), Junior Nation must be ecstatic. Sales of possum flavored potato chips and Keystone Beer must be sky rocketing. No, that wasn’t nice. I like Earnhardt, but Junior Nation drives me insane.
-does it irritate anyone else that Denny Hamlin finished the race 9th after causing a wreck that involved Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth among others?
-why in the world would a portion of a race track that might actually be raced on, even in just an emergency, have storm drains? Both Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards bounced over the drain avoiding cars in the “Hamlin wreck.” Maybe tracks could add traffic roundabouts and railroad crossings to add some intrigue into pit strategy racing.
-Harvick’s bout with a drain didn’t hurt his chances of winning the race, but a pit road speeding penalty certainly did. He had no one to blame but himself for that one.
-will Edwards lame duck status effect his performance and that of the 99 team? It wouldn’t surprise me.
-the “Hamlin wreck” turned Pocono into Talladega for a few seconds. That was wild. Normally these wrecks look worse on TV than they do to the drivers on the track, but anytime a car runs head on into a wall like Brian Vickers Toyota did, it is cause for concern. Thanks to the engineers from the University of Nebraska who designed SAFER barriers.
-yet another day when Jimmie Johnson’s hopes for a good race ended with a finish outside the top ten. Did tire troubles do him in again? And, why does this never happen to him in the Chase?
There are times when NASCAR becomes far too pretentious, ostentatious, presumptuous, and simply a pain in the butt. I thank them for letting me use big words though. Anyway, if the hype of NASCAR home boys like Darrell Waltrip becomes too much for you, visit the Twitter page of “Drunken Brian France.” It is witty, sarcastic, ironic, and a perfect counter to those who put everything NASCAR on a pedestal.
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