Sunday, July 11, 2010

NASCAR’s Best and Worst from Chicago and Iowa: David Reutimann and Austin Dillion win big while the Nationwide race was boring in an survival weekend.

Photo Credit: John Sommers
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It’s has been a very long week up here in Massachusetts with the heat and humid weather, but watching racing on television is a heat relieve for sure. What a busy weekend NASCAR fans had with all three national series in action from the Nationwide Series and Cup series racing at Chicagoland Speedway while the Truck Series was at the short-track in Iowa.

Best:
1. The biggest moment of the weekend came earlier today at Iowa Speedway when Austin Dillion dominated the Truck Series race leading the most laps and pickup his first career Truck Series victory. Interesting, for the second time in two weeks, the #3 found victory. Of course the first one was last week at Daytona when Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the #3 Wrangler to victory at Daytona.

2. In what could only be described as a long drawn out and boring race, the Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway showed two shiny spots:

First would be David Reutimann picking up his second career victory. That was a feel good moment for sure especially after 400 boring mile race. The victory in the eyes of some takes David Reutimann off the list of only career victory coming in a rain shortened race. Of course in my eyes, a win is a win even in a rain shortened race. And this victory is a huge boost for everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing, MWR needed and deserved it.

Second, the blue oval continues their run back to the top with Carl Edwards picking up a second place finish. I know that the entire Ford camp has been scratching their heads over what’s wrong, well there is nothing wrong with them, it’s just that everybody has picked up there game and getting a top 5 or top 10 finish let along a victory is a hard thing to do in these unpredictable races.

Worst:
This honor simply for another time goes to the Nationwide Series race on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway, what a boring, long drawn out and terrible race. This race should serve as a wakeup call for NASCAR, NASCAR fans have had enough with this racing and where are the Nationwide Series regulars, it’s all Cup series drivers winning and racing for the championship.

Next week, look for me to talk about this issue along with the chase and schedules, what a nightmare.

Final lap:
First, at Chicagoland, NASCAR fans saw the final race of the season for TNT and TNT’s RaceBuddy. I have to say with a few exceptions, the TNT crew did a B+ job on their 6 summer series races. For the most part I enjoyed what I saw. I look forward to seeing TNT back next season with most of crew. TNT will even end there 6 races on a positive note as the TV ratings were up from last year and the Daytona Wide Open coverage was hit with me.

Second, next weekend is an off weekend for the Cup Series, I suggest everybody takes some time and relax and comeback fresh for the Brickyard 400, it should be a good race. Hopefully by that time, the media will have forgotten about the Mark Martin rumor and leave him alone on and just focus on the racing, that’s what it’s all about. And hopefully NASCAR will gives fans a shot at the all 3 national 2011 schedules, NASCAR needs to remember that it’s the fans that buy the tickets, so they should get some say in the schedule too.