So when the dust settled out in Fontana from the weekend?s activities, the cars that pulled into victory lane were the same as the ones that were celebrating after Homestead last November. In a race that contained everything from fuel mileage, rain, luck on pit road, and engine failures, Jimmie Johnson ended up completing the 500 miles first. Johnson had the best car for the majority of the day but barely beat the Burton to the end of pit road when the yellow fell during green flag pit stops.
By California standards, I enjoyed the race overall and I am glad they were able to finish it in its entirety. If RCR looks good this weekend I think they have to be considered to be the favorites for the Cup. The way the race played out, it seemed like anyone could win. At one point it was Johnson?s, then Burton?s race to lose, and then rain came into play. Speed was leading under caution with the rain falling, but it was not enough to get his first win. Even though he has played pit strategy to put his car up front in both races so far I have been really impressed by the whole 82 bunch and outside of RCR as a whole I think they are the most improved this year. On the other end I must say Gibbs, Roush, and Stewart do not look nearly as good as last year, although the season in two weeks old. My other shout out of the race goes to Regan Smith who had his car in the Top 10 on older tires and was able to hold his position until the final set of pit stops.
Now to the Nationwide series, where Danica-mania is almost over for a few months. First off though, a race did happen as well on Saturday. Kyle Busch found himself in victory lane after two of the most exciting laps in recent memory. Logano had the best car of the day but Biffle got his nose under him going into turn 1 on the restart, and when Joey came down Greg?s bumper was there and the 20 shot up the draft. Kyle Busch was able to side-draft by Biffle across the line and the 20 car found himself sliding through the grass after a run-in with Brad Keselowski. Joey was nearly in tears in his post race interview when it seemed all but clear to me that he was at fault and not Greg. When it came to the incident across the line it was a little harder to tell if it was the 20 or the 22. Shout-out of the race goes to Brian Scott whose finish of 10th does not show how well he ran. For parts of the race it looked like he could win if it wasn?t for the 20.
Now onto what everyone loves to talk about, Danica Patrick. I was giving her the benefit of the doubt in practice and understand wanting to log laps but Saturday was pretty bad. After the two weeks, she is tied in owner?s points with Morgan Shepherd who missed Fontana; I?ll leave my point at that. I hope Las Vegas is better for her.
Looking back at my predictions I nailed the winners but I took last year?s two champions so I did not take much risk. My other drivers really did not do much at all, maybe next week will be better.
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