There was indeed a whole lot of great racing and car control plus some evidence of the effect of the mounting pressure. And it?s only going to get better ? at least over the next 3 or 4 weeks.
Having said that, I?m not a proponent of racing at this track, but if the powers that be insist on a race here, one would think they would have kept it as part of the Chase. Since the ante has been raised and the intensity level is way up, most any track is going to have better racing, and this place needs all the help it can get. Otherwise, coming out here is a waste of everyone?s time and money. By no means is it alone in this category.
10.9.55: Tiny Lund, in his 1st race, was thrown out of his barrel-rolling car after his seat belts broke loose. He ended up lying in the middle of the track and several drivers took evasive action to miss him. The sponsor on his car was ?Rupert Safety Belts?.
10.9.77: At Charlotte, Tom Sneva made his Cup debut.
If Ned were in the booth we?d know what?s up with Travis Carter.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden?s ?Forty Years of Stock Car Racing?, Richard Sowers? ?The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing?.
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