Before I start recapping this weekend's slew of news and races, I would like to point out that according to cawsnjaws.com, ESPN showed the #48 crew working on their damaged car a whopping 17 times. It became old after the 2nd time. If I were a Jimmie Johnson fan, I wouldn't want to be constantly reminded about my favorite driver being wrecked. All of us non-Jimmie Johnson fans want ESPN/ABC to focus a little more on the actual race itself. There was a time when drivers wrecked and the network didn't focus exclusively on them. But alas, those times are gone until 2014.
Anyway, I found the Cup race to be decent through halfway and then it just fell into a boring lull until the final twenty laps. It's ok when two brothers swap the lead every 30 laps, but one driver holds the lead for over 75 or so, it becomes quite boring. More teams should've stretched their tanks on the last green flag stop so they could set themselves up to make it. But too many just figured that there would be a caution in the final few laps. Ray Evernham wasn't in the ESPN booth predicting it would happen, so it didn't happen.
The Nationwide race was just ridiculous. There were way too many wrecks and Kyle Busch, for some reason, has a far superior car to everyone else's. Logano definitely struggled after Dave Rogers got switched to the Cup series. Maybe Dave Rogers could be equivalent to Chad Knaus? Hopefully Jimmie will have some competition in 2010. The CWTS race was pretty good although I'm disappointed Matt Crafton didn't play more of a role at the finish. That team just can't run well for the entire race and be there at the end.
Anyway...Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing is staying with Chevrolet! Honestly, that seems to be a good move to keep Juan Pablo Montoya in the same manufacturer that he's been running so well in this year. Plus the Earnhardt name has so much history with Chevrolet that many fans would become alienated if the team changed manufacturers to Toyota.
RPM's Engine shop is shutting down. It's unfortunate for the employees in the engine shop and for the whole team for that matter. There have been so many mergers and so many employees have been laid off. But there is no need for it. (A.J. Allmendinger ran well at Texas with a Ford, could it be a sign for next year?)
Front Row Motorsports is returning to two full time teams next year. The #34 has run full time this year (without start-and-parking) and the #37 has been running in selected races. Hopefully this doesn't mean that both of them will revert to start-and-parking next year. But if that does in fact occur, then there is one less full time team (that doesn't start-and-park) that is running on the track every weekend.
And That's All Folks...
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