"View From the Flagstand: Sonoma"
Posted by Gene Haddock on June 23, 2010
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Last week I opined that the road courses were today's throwbacks to the old short track days. I mentioned a little rubbing, a little racing, a few tire marks on your door. No big deal. Then Jeff Gordon set me, and about eight drivers, straight when he put everyone on blast.... times ten! I've witnessed entire seasons without as many intentional take outs as I saw Gordon perform on Sunday. I'll ask the readers, exciting, or waaayy over the line? How about if it had been Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski doing the rough stuff?
The champ earned his first ever road course win in dominating style at Sonoma. Jimmie Johnson led over half the laps, and finished three seconds ahead of runner-up Robby Gordon.
Everyone's favorite Aussie, Marcos Ambrose coulda, shoulda, woulda! What a heartbreaking way to lose a race. Ambrose fell from first to eighth on one steep incline when he stalled his car under caution. He recovered slightly to finish 6th. Bori Said bounced his way to 8th. Instead of watching the World Cup, Jan Magnussen rode out a 12th place finish in the #09 Chevy.
Joe Gibbs Racing had a long trip back to North Carolina as Joe Logano (33), Denny Hanlin (34), and Kyle Busch (39) had woeful performances this week. All three were actually taken out in someone else's hot mess. On the other hand, all three were not running anywhere near the front when they were scooped up. Hamlin and Busch were both passed by Johnson in the points race.
The intentional wrecking of another driver just because you can! I truly hope that Truex shows J Gordon this week that there are consequences to his actions. Gordon didn't sound too contrite after he wrecked at least six drivers (that we know of). He wrecked Truex because if he didn't, he said, Montoya would have passed him. As Truex replied, "So, let him pass you!" There was still over half the race to go.
I can't believe the free pass Gordon is getting from the fans. "He's showing that he still has the fire." I can only think of one other driver (Mark Martin) that wouldn't be catching holy hell if he put on that debacle of dirty driving that Gordon did on Sunday.
The talk of adding a road course to the ten race Chase. We already have one lottery race (Talladega) in the playoffs. After what we saw on Sunday, why have another Chase race in which you stand a good chance of being taken out by someone else's stupidity?
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