As the NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams are practicing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I wanted to touch on last weekend’s Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway. In my opinion, last weekend at Infineon was one of the most exciting and bold road course races in years that I’ve seen. And if you didn’t, damn you missed a good one and a complete opposite of two weeks ago at Michigan which was a sleeper.
Last Sunday was one of those races that produced some exciting, door to door, competitive racing, however the race for some also produced some aggressive moments that just left many drivers and fans saying “what was he thinking making that move?”
Like I said in the title of the article, the race was Fast and Furious with drivers making no friends.
Here are a few points from the race itself:
1. Jeff Gordon made no friends during the race, however the funny thing is, I’m not surprised. Jeff Gordon has always driven aggressively. He’s always driven like he did on Sunday even when he was winning races and his four championships. But even with Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Juan Montoya, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler just to name a few, he will continue to drive that way until someone really gives him payback in a big way.
2. I felt back for Marcos Ambrose, like he said I gave it away. However NASCAR made the right call. But one question, doesn’t NASCAR normally give a warning before a major penalty like that? Nevertheless, this rule that reads: “In section 10-4 of NASCAR rule book “Cars must maintain a reasonable speed considering the conditions that exist on the track. Determination of a reasonable speed is a judgment call and will be made by NASCAR officials.” says it all.
But I have no doubt that Ambrose will win a Cup Series race especially considering we are going to Martinsville, Bristol and Watkins Glen and those three tracks are good for him.
3. Joey Logano needs to stop talking about the incidents and deal with the drivers of Kevin Harvick and Juan Montoya even if that means payback. NASCAR created “Have at it, Boys!” and now they are. Until Logano who won last June at NHMS (which I attended), he will continue to get run over and taken out and yes both Kevin Harvick and Juan Montoya took him out/dumped him.
4. I believe that Jimmie Johnson on that final restart had something for Ambrose if he was leading on the restart. But we will never know.
I will say that I have a lot of respect for Jimmie Johnson, the 4-time champion and 51 Cup Series wins put him in an elite group. Winning on Sunday just capped off his impressive resume, not to mention that entire #48 team. Hats off to Jimmie Johnson, he is definitely one of the best in NASCAR.
5. Sunday also reminded me of the movie Days of Thunder and that famous quote during that pit stop…
Harry Hogge said “All right. While we're still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.“
Cole Trickle said “Hit the pace car?”
Harry Hogge” Hit the pace car.”
Cole Trickle said “What for?”
Harry Hogge said “Because you've hit every other goddamned thing out there, I want you to be perfect.”
And I award that quote to Jeff Gordon. Jeff Gordon on Sunday hit everything including so many drivers on the road course except the pace car, if he would have hit the pace car, he would have been perfect. What a perfect quote for Jeff Gordon and that race.
Will everything that took place at Infineon Raceway transfer over to New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
Yes and no.
1. I don’t see Elliott Sadler or Martin Truex Jr. getting payback on Jeff Gordon. Neither driver is that type of person for such payback, although if they’re push, anything can happen.
2. Joey Logano might get his payback on Harvick and Montoya if he is motivated.
Drivers, what goes around, comes around…
This weekend should be entertaining, I just wish I was going to be at NHMS, sorry no money and it’s too hot for me. And I really wanted to see Danica Patrick in action on Saturday, damn!
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