Monday, March 23, 2009

Bullrun 2: Episode 5 – Goodbye Team Camaro.

This past week on Bullrun remaindered me more of the topsy-turvy 2009 NASCAR season in the fact that strong team such as Team Solstice and Team Lexus that are normally fighting for the top spot in each leg now found themselves either towards or at the bottom, while teams like Team Avalanche and Team Camaro found themselves at the top for what I can remember the first time, but will it continue into the next leg?

There are two critical parts needed in a competition like Bullrun, first picking a co-driver/navigator that can find their way from one checkpoint to another. From what is shown on television, it’s always interesting seeing how some of those teams find their way to that next checkpoint with just a simple card that in a lot of cases now doesn’t even list an address or even a state.

Of course the second critical part needed in these competition and that is just as important as a co-driver, I’m talking about the vehicle you bring, which in a lot of ways could mean the difference between winning and losing, so it is kind of interesting that once Team Dart got their car fixed after the victory rollover last week, with a lot of help from the other teams, there was a couple of inches of snow on the ground. An extra element if you will.

That made things interesting at the start of the challenge, I always wondered what some of those cars, whether it’s a Pontiac Solstice, a Shelby GT500 Super Snake or a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro could do in the slick conditions, but those vehicles where nothing compared to watching the outspoken guys of Team VW, I honest can’t grasp why a team would bring this VW wagon to Bullrun at all, no heater, no windshield wipers, what’s next, they didn’t bring a knife to a gun to a gun fight, they came unarmed, of course they might even win this competition.

Now in watching this show, it’s not uncommon to see a team argue in a car before, Team Ferrari was entertaining to watch, Team Evo had their moments, of course there 15 minutes of fame was up when there car went up in a cloud of dust last week after coming in last in the “break in” prison challenge and of course Team Avalanche’s fun with finding those special routes that in most cases didn’t lead them anywhere near the finish line.

However while you can now add Team Solstice to that list, it’s not in an entertaining way, I really don’t care much for seeing or listening to a married couple argue, whether it’s in a car or where ever , at any rate, it wasn’t entertaining, however what was entertaining was seeing Team Solstice fall apart due to the pressure from Team Avalanche, Solstice put Avalanche into the challenge last week, so Avalanche decided payback was a good idea, personally just putting the pressure on them was enough, no other action required.

Unlike last week, this week showed Team Avalanche sticking to a normal route which paid off big time, some of which they just followed Team Solstice around for most of the leg including fueling up together, what a way to get into someone’s head.

Right above now, I’m still thinking about Team Avalanche’s journey here from finding a local that just says follow her, Team Avalanche’s trip to jail, winning the leg for the first time, well people say that there is always a first time for everything, but this one was unique and then of course Team Avalanche choosing Team Camaro to put into the challenge after Team Solstice put themselves into the challenge by coming in second to last, of course right behind the strange, yet entertaining Team Corvette.

At this point, I have to say, I try not to judge a book by its cover and goes for people too, so the same can be said when it comes to Team Corvette, I didn’t know what to think, but the Roswell bit there was entertaining and yet different, nice touch.

Anyway, that challenge, putting Team Camaro in the challenge on surface was a bad idea, why not put the Lexus girls into the challenge or the VW guys, but if you look at the leaderboard, Team Camaro was just coming in under the radar so far this season.

Now the goal here is to not come in last in the challenge, so now you have Team Corvette vs. Team Solstice vs. Team Camaro. I loved this challenge, it just tested these teams in the way it should be, the challenge tested the driver’s skills, the co-driver’s skills and what the cars limits are from starting off driving through a slalom course, stopping in a box, hitting a drag strip, stopping at the end, swapping drivers and going back through the drag strip and the slalom course and what a time.

But in the end, for a second there, I thought Team Solstice was going home, no, sorry, a sad ending seeing Team Camaro (pictured above, picture from CarDomain) send packing, now I wonder with seeing the previews for next week, what’s next Goldberg?