Monday, May 17, 2010

What were NASCAR’s best and worst moments from Dover – 5.14.10

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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to another installment of NASCAR’s Best and Worst moments, this time the NASCAR schedule brings us to the Monster Mile, Dover Speedway.

What were the Best moments?

1. The best moment for sure had to be in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race when Aric Almirola made a late race pass for the lead on Kyle Busch on a restart to pickup his first career Truck Series victory. And get this, Almirola didn’t wreck Busch, unlike Hamlin in the Nationwide race.

I remember watching the controversial JGR decision back in June 2007 in the AT&T 250 at the Milwaukee Mile that took Almirola out of the #20 who was subbing for a running late Denny Hamlin. The headline read “Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola win the AT&T 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.”

Since then, I have wondered where this guy would end up racing and I believe that Almirola has found a good ride in the #51 Billy Billow Truck in the Truck Series.

2. Another good moment came on Saturday in the Nationwide Series race when Clint Bowyer had enough with Denny Hamlin after being wrecked, so before a G-W-C finish, Bowyer retaliation on Hamlin. This move would cost Hamlin ultimately a top 2 or a win in the Nationwide race.

Now I will go on record as saying that I’m not a fan of retaliation and 9 times out 10, retaliation only leads to more retaliation, however the other 1 time is a last resort and must be a strong, hard message. This was one of those last resorts, Hamlin deserved what he got. Of course Bowyer would be parked for the remainder of the race and NASCAR will most likely give him a 3-race probation.

3. At this point, some maybe saying what about yesterdays Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes, well let’s put it this way, the only good thing about the race was that it brings awareness for Autism, that‘s it. This race really needs to be a 300 miler for starters.

What were the worst moments?

1. Amazingly enough for me, the worst doesn’t come from the racing itself, but from the PR department at Dover Motorsports, NASCAR.com and SPEED. As most NASCAR fans know, typically SPEED broadcasts are live, however in some cases like this past weekend, SPEED taped delayed the Friday Camping World Truck Series race because SPEED wanted to attract a bigger audience, so they put it in primetime.

Well this creates a problem, in the digital age that we live in, information is published as it happens. And I know that information gets out, so I typically stay off Twitter and Facebook and Jayski just to name a few just so I don’t get the results from a taped delayed race.

However Dover Motorsports PR published the info during the SPEED broadcast though email. They sent me a Press release just as field got the green flag with the subject “Aric Almirola wins his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover” and full results. I have to say that as a NASCAR fan, I was upset, they couldn’t have waited until 11pm EST? Now I will not even check my email during a taped delayed race either.

2. Another moment come also on Saturday, this time it was the Nationwide race itself. I have to say that while the Truck Series and mostly in the Cup Series races are exciting and unpredictable to watch, the Nationwide Series races are anything but exciting or unpredictable. Boring comes to mind period. It’s the Joe Gibbs racing show. At one point during the race, I looked at my father and said do you want to go shopping for flatware (silverware). And we did, it was that boring. I went to Walmart during this race.

I came back just in time to see Bowyer take out Hamlin before a G-W-C and of course Kyle Busch wins.

Well that’s it for this installment, but before I go, I just want to say that I’m excited to hear that practice for the Indianapolis 500 is underway at IMS, that means that the Indy 500 is less than two weeks away.

What were your NASCAR best and worst moments from Dover?

Image: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR