Sunday, May 29, 2011

Heart broken as Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas with 500 feet to go in Coca-Cola 600 – Harvick wins.

Take three on this Sunday, Memorial Day weekend triple header in NASCAR’s longest night, the Coca-Cola 600 that rolled off just after 6PM here on the East Coast.

So far, this has been a long day for me when it comes to racing and that’s even with watching F1’s Monaco GP taped delay on my DVR which I started two hours before the start of the Indianapolis 500. Of course I did watch both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 live on television.

But who would’ve thought it (that the biggest part was yet to come), a normal Coca-Cola 600 would come down to the final laps on who can make it on fuel. But even more, Dale Jr takes the lead with 2 laps to go from Kasey Kahne who ran out of fuel and with 500 feet or so to go, Dale Jr. runs out of fuel coming to the checkers and finishes (unofficially) 7th.

While “the closure” Kevin Harvick comes out of nowhere and leads the last several feet to win the Coca-Cola 600 with David Ragan in 2nd and Joey Logano in 3rd.

In watching the post-race interviews, I have to say that Dale Jr. needs to give himself more credit, he had a top 5-top 10 racecar all day and night long. He and his team did an incredible job during this race and they were in position to win at the end. In order to win any of these Cup races, luck does have to play a role in it for sure.

And despite Dale Jr. trying to make it on fuel and not having an luck, Dale Jr. is still having one hell of a season so far, 4th in points and this is his best season in years. Hats off to Dale Jr., the #88 team for giving it one hell of a shot and hats off to Kevin Harvick and his #29 team at RCR, what a way to win it…right place, right time, right car.

Well as NASCAR on FOX continues post-race and showing replays of not only the end of the Coca-Cola 600, but the end of the Indianapolis 500, I say good luck and God Bless America on this Memorial Day Weekend.



Full Disclosure: This article was originally published on Brian Vermette's former blog called BVinsight, however once RaceDriven.com was re-launched and rebrand, BVinsight was renamed BVDaily with 33 of 44 articles being published here on RaceDriven due to subject.