Monday, August 15, 2011

My Take on the David Reutimann-David Regan wreck, Boris Said vs. Greg Biffle and Marcos Ambrose breaking through to victory lane in Monday’s Heluva Good! at the Glen.

After Mother Nature forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race on Sunday due to heavy rain (something rain tires couldn’t even have helped with in this case), NASCAR and the Cup Series did get the Heliva Good! at the Glen fully in even under interesting conditions.

And boy did NASCAR fans that were not only in the grandstands, but watching live at 10am on the TV broadcast (as these races aren’t televised live on the internet, something NASCAR needs to work on), fans saw one entertaining (in the dry) race to say the least.

In race that saw Kurt Busch blow a right front tire and hit the turn 5 outside wall and Denny Hamlin lose his brakes heading in turn 1 that ended up with Hamlin hard into the outside wall, a hit that instantly reminded me of Jimmie Johnson’s Busch Series wreck over 10 years.

This race would be remembered for three key moments during and after the race.

Marcos Ambrose picks up first career Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen:

Marcos Ambrose held off a hard charging Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in the final two laps to pickup his first victory in the Cup Series and he did it at Watkins Glen. Personally, I think it’s really cool to see not only another Cup Series driver pickup their first victory in the Cup Series, but to see Ambrose get his first win after so many near misses and misfortunate’s including stopping on track at Sonoma last season in a race he should have won.

But Ambrose winning at Watkins Glen is the first victory for Richard Petty Motorsports after RPM’s restructuring. It’s cool to see all of RPM’s hard work pay off and Richard Petty in victory lane again.

David Reutimann-David Regan wreck

(Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In NASCAR, we talk about violent wrecks ever now and then, but one team that has had their big share of them are the drivers at Michael Waltrip Racing. First it was Michael McDowel at Texas back in 2007, then more recently at Martinsville and the following week at Texas with martin Truex Jr..

But damn, on Monday on the final lap of this race, it was David Regan racing Boris Said coming off turn 1 and heading for turn 2 when it looked like David Regan moved down on Boris Said, who was just trying to stay on-track and not get squessed off line, made contract, sending Regan spinning and hitting David Reutimann hard first into the inside wall and they getting air born into the outside wall.

Words can’t describe of scary this wreck was especially in TV, I jumped out of my seat, just saying what just happened. But thankfully everyone especially David Reutimann and David Regan, both drivers who took the worst of the hits walked away and are ok.

I have to give a tip of the hat once again to NASCAR and all of the research and development they did on this COT car to make it safer for drivers, not to mention the safety in the wall construction. Of course at Watkins Glen, there was no safer barriers, there drivers hit guard rails instead.

Boris Said vs. Greg Biffle in the garage area following the race

Unfortunately while the cameras were a little late to seeing the confrontation between an angry Boris Said and a well guarded Greg Biffle, Boris Said did give one hell of an interview. But before I get into that, according to Boris Said’s crew chief, him and Biffle have had issues a few times in the past at these road course races and during Monday’s Cup Series race, Said believed that Biffle (who at the time was 2-3 laps down) raced him way to hard for a lap car. The TV Broadcast didn’t show it.

But following the race, Boris Said decided to settle this one with Biffle with his fists, but was pushed several times away by Roush-Fenway Racing crew members and Regan’s crew chief. Personally I hate when someone puts their hands on someone else, but that’s for another discussion (and that goes for the crew chief that just kept putting his hands on Boris Said.

Anyway, following that, Boris Said in a post-race interview with ESPN the Magazine - “I’m more upset about Greg Biffle,” Said said. “He’s the most unprofessional little scaredy-cat I’ve ever seen in my life. He won’t even fight me like a man. So if somebody will text me his address, I’ll go visit him at his house and show him what he really needs. He needs a whooping, and I’m going to give it to him. He was flipping me off, giving me the finger, totally unprofessional, two laps down. He’s a chump.”

Said continued: “I went over to go talk to him, he gets out and throws some little baby punches, I get out and he goes and hides behind some big guys, but he won’t hide from me for long. I won’t settle it out on the track, it’s not right to wreck cars, but he’ll show up at a race with a black eye one of these days. I’ll see him somewhere.” – Quotes from Yahoo! Sports blog “From the Marbles”

Personally, first, I have never seen Boris Said so upset before and I think that was really one epic interview especially along the normal interviews in NASCAR. I guess NASCAR got what they wanted.

Second, while I do believe Boris Said’s crew chief in saying that Biffle was blocking him or holding him up in this race even with being a few laps down, calling Biffle out on the radio and saying I’ll talk to him after the race (or something like that) and going there ready to fight. It doesn’t surprise me that Biffle had several people around him. I would if someone was looking for me like that, Said was pissed and ready to fight.

Of course I remember Biffle vs. Harvick years ago, that was entertaining to say the least and Harvick wouldn’t take Biffle’s crap then, Said isn’t taking it now. But Said could have handled it better and waited until he cooled off and then had a clam discussion or clam down and go to the NASCAR hauler, it would have been done privately, but at least it would have been talked out and Biffle would have hard to attend sooner or later.

Nor do I think Said should have said in his interview about getting his address and meeting him and something about a black eye…

But third, really, I’m not surprised to see another driver pissed off at Biffle, Biffle just seems to race people beyond what he should be. He’s like Ryan Newman, he doesn’t give any room. If you’re a few laps down, move over and let the lead lap cars through.

And personally and I really shouldn’t be thinking this out loud, but after all of the yelling Biffle has been doing to his MUTE (they can’t say anything back) crew chief and crew members during the races this season so far, nice to see Biffle getting it back. I hate hearing drivers chewing out their crew members and crew chiefs during the race on the radio, I know this isn’t the same thing, but damn.

But damn what a good race.