Is there anyone who can stop the Power? Fourth win of the year and no sign of stopping. In an action-packed Toronto GP, much like last year, half the field ended up in the barrier, but Power kept his nerve to take his fourth win of the season. He?s been pretty unflappable all season, and I hope my man Power can power on to the championship (pardon the pun)!
His only problem is oval courses. It?s not that that he needs wins, he just needs to be more consistent than his closest rivals. Otherwise he is going to leave the door wide open for either Franchitti or Dixon to take his already firm grip on the championship. I always thought Power should?ve had a chance in F1, but maybe he?d be more suited to the stateside racing series.
The race wasn?t without its fall guy. Enter Justin Wilson, who, despite leading the most leading the most laps and jumping Franchitti in the second pit stop, let the ensuing pressure of Dario and Power get to him, making a simple mistake in Turn 7 to end up pointing the wrong way. Shame as well, guys like Wilson need wins, he only has 5 wins from 99 US open-wheel starts and the stats definitely don?t reflect the guys talent.
If Power hadn?t have won, this is a race Penske would try to forget. Uncharacteristic mistakes from Castroneves and Briscoe leave them both lagging behind in championship. Considering Briscoe was in contention to win last years championship, he is 85 points behind Power and being caught up by Hunter-Reay, who has been thoroughly impressive this year. Considering Hunter-Reay didn?t find out he?d finish the year until Watkins Glen, Briscoe needs to get his act together if he wants to win a championship.
To Nationwide Series business, the whole Edwards/Keselowski has once again reared its ugly head. And I?m starting to lose my respect for Carl Edwards. To quote him directly ?I just couldn?t let him take the win from me?. Now I don?t know about you guys, but that to me speaks of a guy that has little respect for the drivers around him, a driver who will do anything for a win.
Brad had lead 139 laps all night, only to be turned around and almost seriously injured, for the second time this year. I share Bob Keselowski views entirely, bumping and rubbing, that?s exciting racing, it?s what the fans want to see. But they don?t want to see the No.22 Dodge coming towards them through the air because Carl ?couldn?t let him win?. I just hope this doesn?t end up getting ?sorted out? at the Brickyard because someone is going end up losing their life.
An interesting question arises though. What if Reed Sorenson had got bit more speed and passed Edwards after the contact to take the win. What would the fans be saying then? What would?ve Edwards said to defend his actions? Would what he had done be considered pointless by the experts? What if it was the other way around and Keselowski had spun Edwards? Would we all be thinking Edwards got what he deserved? All we know is Edwards vs. BK is not going away.
On a final note, I would like to wish Randy de Puniet a get well soon. A very exciting MotoGP race saw Pedrosa edge out Lorenzo in a fine race for the Spaniard. But it wasn?t without it?s drama, as a crash for de Puniet has left him with a broken leg, the second broken leg this year (the first was Rossi, who incidentally finish fourth after four races out). I wish him a speedy recovery.
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