New England playing host to NASCAR, this one is a little bit personally to me considering this is my neck of the woods and even though I didn’t attend this weekend’s racing in New Hampshire due to simply no extra money, I still love it when NASCAR comes to New Hampshire.
With that said, today’s Lenox Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway which is also the first Race to the Chase race was a continuation of basically what NASCAR fans have been seeing more of this season, unpredictable racing. But even more so, the season has also seen more drivers self policing each other on and off track.
This self policing policy among drivers and hard, competitive, side-by-side racing brings me to three key points of the race:
1. Aggressive driving: So far in 2010, the words “unpredictable” and “aggressive” have been used regularly, but so has “retaliation or payback”. More drivers this season have been making statements or policing themselves on and off the racetrack. However why is it that Juan Montoya and Jeff Gordon are getting away with what others haven’t, knocking others and racing other drivers with no respect?
Of course if you were watching the race today, then you noticed that one driver, Reed Sorenson looked to have had enough with Juan Montoya and with 20 laps or so to go, Sorenson delivered his version of payback (at least in my opinion) we he drove into turn 3 and turned during into Montoya’s rear quarter and put him into the outside wall.
I have to admit and I know that some readers are going to be upset with me, but I clapped and cheered that Montoya finally got what he deserved, but even more from an unlikely driver. I wonder what Reed Sorenson was really thinking at that moment?
2. Hard racing: Despite that fact that the three announcers in the TNT booth wouldn’t shut up, I still enjoyed the racing including drivers really racing hard for each position. Now that’s what NASCAR is supposed to be all about. Even the racing for the lead had its moments when Kurt Busch moved Jimmie Johnson with 6 laps to go, but if a driver is going to make a move like that, run… Johnson came back to return the favor to Busch and moved him to retake the lead and that opened the door for Tony Stewart to steal a second place finish.
3. Which brings me to the man, Jimmie Johnson, I liked listening to his post race comments in victory lane, I hadn’t heard him so much like that before. He admitted his want to get back to Kurt Busch and return the favor sort of speck. I don’t know what it is, but since Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Hendrick Motorsports, I have become more and more of a fan of Jimmie Johnson.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate the whole corporate imagine deal that’s one reason why I’m a fan of Dale Jr., Tony Stewart and now Brad Keselowski, but Jimmie Johnson is starting to come around more and that is cool to see. Now of course I like to see Jimmie Johnson win races and championships, it’s entertaining.
But before I end this one, here are the notable the start and park teams, but what happened to Max Papis out on lap 13?
37 - 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 52/0 142 Brakes
38 - 46 J.J. Yeley Dodge Whitney Motorsports 49/0 84 Brakes
39 - 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 46/0 68 Brakes
40 - 164 Todd Bodine Toyota Little Joe's Autos 43/0 31 Transmission
41 - 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 40/0 24 Electrical
42 - 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 20 Power Stearing
43 - 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 34/0 11 Brakes
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