Sorry, the penalty was a joke. Keselowski should have been hit with a 10 point penalty-I’m in a good mood today, it really should have been a 25 point penalty, in addition to the fine. I suppose Stewart’s fine was about right for what he did, even though Keselowski hit him for no reason. I might have done the same thing as Stewart. Matt Kenseth should have been fined $10,000, and Denny Hamlin should have been fined that amount too. However, NASCAR wants drama in The Chase, on track or off, so even though they deserved a fine, it would have been hypocritical to fine Kenseth and Hamlin.
Yes, NASCAR does want drama any way it happens. Well almost any way. I am sure they don’t want anyone hurt. However, with the championship run about to lose 2-3 of the biggest names in racing because of the new Chase format, anything other than injury is likely OK with the powers at the top of NASCAR.
In May at Talladega Keselowski caused a major wreck when he was six laps down. Given that he is in super-duper desperation mode this weekend, who knows what he might do. I certainly wouldn’t want to be around him on the track.
ABC Nightly News showed footage of Stewart backing into Keselowski along with footage of the Kevin Ward incident. I am not sure what one has to do with the other, but obviously a producer thought this “story” was more important than talking of a dysfunctional Congress, global warming, or insane amounts of money being spent on political advertising.
So, what about the Chase at Talladega?
Kahne or Kenseth? I say Kenseth will advance to the Eliminator Round, while Kahne’s hope for a championship will end.
Will Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, or Dale Earnhardt Jr. advance to round three? No. None of them will advance. Keselowski has two wins at the huge Alabama speed plant. So does Johnson. Earnhardt has five victories there. They know how to win at Talladega. I just don’t see them doing so this time. It would be interesting if they were running 1-2-3 on the final lap and only the winner would advance in The Chase. No question that Keselowski would wreck either of the other two, but would Johnson or Earnhardt wreck another driver to get the win?
How many big wrecks will occur? Well, that depends on Keselowski. Actually I will say two, including one near the end of the race. The first might have championship implications, the last one won’t.
Who will win? Darned if I know. Maybe Kevin Harvick will back up his Charlotte win with a victory in Alabama. Just remember, my comments are for entertainment purposes. I am absolutely terrible at making predictions.
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