Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What was NASCAR’s best and worst from Richmond and Kansas?


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Good evening everybody, today I’m starting a new weekly feature on RaceDriven.com called NASCAR’s Best and Worst of the past weekend. For this inaugural posting, we take a look back at NASCAR on Friday night and Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway and Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

But before I get into that, I just wanted to say that I got this idea for this posting off of twitter from the guys over at The NASCAR Insider Blog. They run this on Twitter asking what were the NASCAR’s best and worst from the past week. Good stuff. By the way, just so you know, I’m on Twitter too, you can follow me @brianvermette, have a look. And I do publish all of my article links from both here at RaceDriven.com and from my new lifestream on Posterous at BrianVermette.com on my Twitter account.

What was the best from the past weekend?
Just so everybody knows, it certainly wasn’t the IRL IndyCar Series race from Kansas that saw Scott Dixon dominate and win the race, but ironically enough, it was from Kansas Speedway. Yes I’m talking about the Camping World Truck Series race on Sunday afternoon at Kansas. What a weird and wild race.

Now it should be no surprise that the Truck Series puts on a good show regularly, however even with the Truck Series issues that I will get into next week in a three part series, this past weekend saw a good one, especially to write home about. First you have a simply Truck Series race under the Sunshine and then you have a heavy rain and hail storm. I’m thinking at this point, this race is over.

But nope, an hour later, the track was dry and we were back to racing. At this point even I was getting aggravated with the tire smoke off of the #33 Ron Hornaday Jr. truck, why couldn’t it have been fixed or cut away the first time.

However with around 13 laps to go, that had to be the save of the 2010 NASCAR season for sure as Hornaday going low on the leader Johnny Sauter, but Hornaday would slid up into Sauter. I thought for sure that both Trucks were done, but what a safe and in sync with each other no less. Both Trucks came around and finish one-two with Sauter winning his second career Truck Series victory and with Bomshel on board.

Note, for anybody who didn’t get what I just said, bomshel is the name of a country music duo that was on the back bed cover and one of my favorite duos in country music today.

Going along with the best, had to be the now bad boy (if you want to call him that), Brad Keselowski as he would win his second race of the season after dominating over Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race on Friday night.

What was the worst?
I’m sorry to say, but it simply was the Sprint Cup Series race under the light on Saturday night. I really don’t know why neither. I just couldn’t put my arms around this race and enjoy it. I mean it wasn’t NASCAR’s fault, nor the rear spoiler or even Jeff Gordon finishing second or Kyle Busch winning for the first time this season, I just wasn’t into it. Normally I’m a NASCAR fan that loves Richmond, as a matter of fact, I wish the NASCAR schedule had more short-tracks like Richmond on it, but for some reason this time I just couldn’t get excited.

I really don’t even know if it was the FOX broadcast television cover, but sorry no dice, however at least the race went off without rain getting in the way, hay that’s something to be thankful for.
Anyway, I know what I’m looking forward to next weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series going under the lights on Saturday night at Darlington that should be a good one and hope Mark Martin or Dale Earnhardt Jr. can rebound and win this one, and they need it for sure.

What do you think, what was your NASCAR’s Best and Worst from last weekend?