I know it?s been a month since my last update, but what a month!
NASCAR has entertained all the way through March, and we end up here at the start of April with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. of all people, contending for race wins. While I was spot on for him finishing second, I found myself shouting at the TV, urging him to put himself out of his own misery and win the thing. Unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed, as Harvick, the third best driver out there (behind Kyle B and Jimmie) led the last four laps to victory, having only led the final lap the week before for victory.
You could see the raw emotion in his face in the post-race interview. Downbeat, flushed, his disappointment was evident. He couldn?t have done any better. But Junebug seems like a man reformed after the Hendrick crew chief shake-up. The car is certainly working better and he certainly seems more racy than the last two years combined. I have no doubt Dale Jr. can win a race in 2011, but is making the Chase too bigger task?
Elsewhere in F1, we finally got cracking down under in Aussie to, quite frankly, an uneventful opener. While tyre wear was the big word on the paddock, overtaking was still on the hush. Oh, and Sebastian Vettel won. Again. But a special mentions should go to 1) Sergio Perez, who was the surprise package of the day, finishing 7th after qualifying 13th, only to be stripped of his points after a technical infringement, and 2) Vitaly Petrov, who surprised us all by actually managing to drive well to earn 3rd place. I hope this wasn?t a fluke, otherwise he may become just another Piquet Jr, Grosjean, etc.
In the INDYCAR, we proved no-one in open-wheel racing can actually perform a rolling start on a road course without crashing into each other. Though it may have been amateurish, it sure was entertaining. It led to Dario Franchitti coasting to the win, de Silvestro making a great Top 5 finish from 17th on the grid and Taku Sato, finally, finally getting a decent finish, plus great perfomances from Alex Tags and Rafa Matos.
I could also go on about the Spanish MotoGP and the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Brands Hatch, they were all great weekends of classic beatin?-and-bangin? racing. But I don?t want to drag. So here is a look at the championship would be if we were still under the old points system vs. the new one: