Yes, I am all for letting the gloves drop, and having the fists fly, to use a hockey analogy, but what Carl did was way out of line. First off, you don't go crashing someone at a high speed racetrack by nailing them on the fastest part of the speedway, and second off, unless its the Scott Speed-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. style situation, you don't go wrecking people while you are laps down, especially when that person is running for a good finish. I know NASCAR said they would let the drivers be more of themselves, but this is one situation that NASCAR has to tell Carl "Sorry, if you wanted to take him out at a lower speed track, go ahead, but to do what you did, you are sitting out a race to think about what you did". Even prevent the 99 car from being at Bristol, to make full use of the punishment. More than likely though, knowing NASCAR historically, they will more than likely put Carl on probation.
- Tires... Geez what a problem.
I see that some people are claiming that it was just a Hendrick problem, but those who are saying that are clueless. There were several other cars out there having tire troubles. Granted, Goodyear has supported NASCAR very well through these years, but I think its about time someone else steps up to the plate, and become the supplier of tires.
- RCR didn't look strong
Yes, Kevin Harvick ended up getting a Top 10, and keeping his points lead, and Jeff Burton had a pretty good race until late, but this week, RCR looked like the team of last year, not this year. If they are back to being a strong team, this should be an abberation.
- Scott Speed has learned a lot
Yes, I will probably shill for Team Red Bull a lot more, as that is starting to become my favorite team, but everyone can't help but notice that Scott Speed has become a much better racer this season. Yeah, he was running a little behind early, but he and that team was able to get that car dialed in to get a Top 10. If Speed keeps this up, my prediction for where he will finish in the points could end up being a vast underestimation. Of course he won't be Chase material, but he is looking very competitive.
- Fantasy NASCAR
A-List - With the way Hendrick cars were blowing tires, I was very afraid this pick was going to end up being a bad one, but Jimmie ended up finishing 12th, though not leading laps. 68 points from Jimmie, and 1 point from Mark Martin during qualifying.
B-List - Oops. I should of realized Burton's and Bowyer's average finish should of steered me away from these guys, but RCR looking strong the first 3 races sort of hooked me into this pick. They did, however, lead a few laps, so at least thats a few extra bonus points I picked up. 62 points from Burton, and 56 points from Bowyer
C-List - Is it a good thing that a C-lister scored the most points out of my picks, or is it bad? In this case, it was a good thing. I said that A.J. Allmendinger would be the safe pick for Atlanta, and he sure did not fail me there with that pick. A 6th place finish helped me out. 80 points from Allmendinger.
I will wait until next week to make my Bristol picks, and some time this week, I will make my predictions on how the Formula One season will pan out.
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