Another exciting weekend of racing has passed us by. I?m really starting to get used to this.
Much has been debated about the new style of racing we?re seeing at the superspeedways this year. All I say is, keep it this way, because never will we see a finish like that again. The second ever .002 second gap finish with 8 cars within about 2 to 3 tenths, now that is racing. And though Johnson?s win is vital for the chase this year, it is the Dale Jr. resurgence that I?m more impressed with. Surely now a serious contender for the chase, 19 points of Edwards is surely a great place to be 8 races in. Keep your eye on Junebug.
Formula One has also had a resurgence. Never have I heard so many people say, ?That was a good race.? It had it all; pit mistakes, botch-jobs, flying tyres galore. But the most important thing we saw was, of course, overtaking. Five different drivers so could?ve easily won this race, but it was Lewis Hamilton, who played the best pit strategy with tyres, who saw off Sebastian Vettel with five laps to go. He could?ve been as unlucky as Mark Webber had they had spent 35 seconds more on the car before the start, but it just goes to show you, you can be the fastest man on the day, but it counts for little against great teamwork and strategy.
IndyCar saw its fair share of heated action too. Will Power could?ve been forgiven for thinking that this race was going to be easy pickings. It turned out that at the end, he would finish only 10th due to his own team mate tagging him. Rolling starts/double-file restarts in IndyCar, in my personal opinion, have always been shabby at the best of times, but at Long Beach they were near inexistent. But it didn?t stop the field for crashing into each other in the first turn, and after that, you didn?t know which way to look!
But through all the flying carbon fibre pieces, it was Brit Mike Conway who takes his first win in the IndyCar Series. You could say it was a great comeback from his horror crash at the 2010 Indy 500, but I?m sure we all saw this race win coming. It wasn?t a case of if, it was when, and the when definitely surprised, as he nailed four cars within three laps to run away with the lead. An absolute champion-style drive. I?d put my money on him for future champion.
Only Nationwide and Truck Series this week though. Thank goodness, I need to catch my breath!
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