Granted, it seems as if California doesn't produce the best races, but this one was decent. I am still one to believe that California should be renovated. Don't bank it to the point that you have to use restrictor plates, but give it enough banking that the racing can be made at least entertaining for most of the race. Reducing the distance for the race to 400 miles when they return is a good idea though.
- Scott Speed with a nice late run
I know there are doubters out there, and Speed still has a lot to learn, but with a run like that late, as long as Speed can be able to keep on qualifying the car fast enough, Top 35 should be easily reached, and then being able to concentrate on racing instead of just qualifying the car can be done, and his potential could be reached.
- Before you Dale Jr. haters start having your fun...
Remember, 1. The guy was starting to climb up the field when he had his Axle issues, and 2. California has historically been a bad track for him, like Jeff Gordon and Texas years back. If he falters at Las Vegas and Atlanta, then yes, rip away, but we are just 2 races in, chill out.
- RCR is looking strong again.
Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton finished 2 and 3, and Clint Bowyer was able to avert a possible engine issue to finish in the Top 10 as well. If this keeps up, not only will RCR be back, but they should have some Chase contenders like with 2008, and if everything is right again, a driver that can contend for a championship.
- Ganassi/DEI is looking weak again.
I figured Daytona was nothing more than a total fluke.
- Fantasy Auto Racing
I will post a blog later this week showing my picks for Las Vegas
I didn't do too badly at all, having all of my active drivers finish in the Top 12. The Scott Speed/Sam Hornish switch didn't look good at first, until Speed was able to get it going late, and even leading some laps. The Clint Bowyer/Kevin Harvick combo would of did me better if I had them as my active drivers (but I did earn 3 points from Clint Bowyer since he started 3rd), but I won't complain about the Vickers/Kenesth combo, which got me 156 points, and I should of switched over to Jimmie Johnson like I was contemplating earlier in the week, but then again, I can't complain too much since Tony Stewart did finish in the Top 10. 313 points won for me.
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