Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paul Menard becomes the 14th different driver after winning the 2011 Brickyard 400 to visit victory lane in the Cup Series in 2011.

As Paul Menard climbs from behind the wheel in victory lane after the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by, I have to say that I’m shocked to see this outcome.

Paul Menard is one of the last drivers I would have ever picked to win any Cup Series race let along the Brickyard 400 and while I’m still saying I can’t believe this, congrats to Paul Menard, Mr. Menard, the entire #27 RCR team and of course Richard Childress on winning the Brickyard 400.

Now if you’re like me and you not only still can’t believe this outcome, nor thrilled with this win (and I’m being honest here), you at least have to be happy to see Richard Childress win the Brickyard 400 as a car owner, I know I am.

But what about the Brickyard 400 itself?

The race itself was alright, I mean I came in about 20 laps into the race and at least the first half was boring to me. It was predictable that this race would be that way. But as the race got past half way, the racing finally begun to pick up. Strategy started to play a role and more drivers were getting racier and yet fuel mileage was also starting to play a big role in the race.

I have to say that when it got to 10 laps to go, my heart rate picked up, I really didn’t know what was going to happen, nor who was going to win this race. I also have to say that I was routing for Mark Martin or even fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon to win this one. But it wasn’t meant to be, but still an interesting one.

However all wasn’t good as I would have to give ESPN a grade of “C” for there TV Broadcast. I just found that they wanted to stay with the leader more than cover the real racing back in the pack. I tune in to see racing even if its mid-pack, not a lead riding around the race track. I would also suggest that ESPN do less talking in the booth about everything else and just stay with covering the race itself.

Well now I leave you with this reaction, “oh brother”.